You can help keep Parkville’s water bodies clean and healthy. By keeping waste and hazardous materials out of the storm drains, you are doing your part to reduce flooding and pollution in our local waterways. During a rainfall, water runs across rooftops, down streets and across parking lots and yards, and then washes down City storm drains, eventually reaching our local lakes, creeks and the Missouri River. Along the way, this stormwater “runoff” picks up materials like fertilizer, pet waste, litter, automotive fluids and yard waste. Runoff enters our water bodies untreated. Water that goes down the sink or toilet and flows through a sewer system to a wastewater treatment plant, unlike runoff, is treated and cleaned before being released.
What can you do?
Here are 7 simple actions you can take to help reduce stormwater pollution:
- Never dump anything down a storm drain or drainage ditch.
- Properly dispose of trash. Trash left in a yard or on the street will eventually end up in the closest creek or stream.
- Place your cigarette butts in the proper receptacle.
- Recycle used motor oil and never dump oil, gasoline or solvents down a storm drain.
- Wash your car at a commercial car wash because they have procedures for treating the used water, oil and chemicals.
- Clean up after your pet; pet waste contains harmful bacteria.
- Do not put leaves in the street or in storm drains.