Guarding Against Stormwater Pollution

Overview

City residents can do their part to minimize pollution by adhering to the following information:

Septic Systems

  • Don’t dispose of household hazardous waste in sinks or toilets.
  • Inspect your systems every 3 years and pump your tank as necessary (every 3 to 5 years.)

Leaking and poorly maintained septic systems release nutrients and pathogens (bacteria and viruses) that can be picked up to stormwater and discharged into nearby water-bodies. Pathogens can cause public health problems and environmental concerns.

Pet Waste

When walking your pet, remember to pick up the waste and dispose of it properly. Flushing pet waste is the best disposal method. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into the storm drain, and eventually, into local water-bodies.