One of the biggest things that affect the health and cleanliness of fresh water around us is stormwater.
Stormwater is water that comes from things like rain, snow that has melted, and many other sources. These things come from everywhere around us. They can come from the roofs of houses. From the soil. From certain lawns.
Most likely, after it has accumulated, stormwater begins to travel. It can move over unsavory and unhealthy things like the feces of animals, pesticides, fertilizers, oils, and so much more.
The problem? Well eventually, stormwater finds its way into the drainage system. This drainage system travels and expels the stormwater into fresh water sources like rivers and such. All of this stormwater has had no treatment and is very dirty.
You can see where the problem lies.
However, most people don’t know much about stormwater or what to do about it. In this article, we’ll talk about things that people should know and do about stormwater pollution.
Clean Your Car Correctly
Something as simple as cleaning your car can affect stormwater pollution. You may think that washing your car isn’t a big deal. However, that is where you are wrong.
If you clean your car in a certain area that lets the leftover water and soap go down the drain, then you are directly contributing to stormwater pollution.
So what is the better practice?
Well, when washing or cleaning your car, pick a surface that is away from drains. These surfaces are usually lawn or gravel.
Lawn or gravel will work for you, as it will soak up any dirt or soap that comes off after you have been washing your car.
Apart from that, make sure you use the right kind of soap when you are at it too. A phosphate-free soap or a non-toxic soap would do the trick as well.
If all this is too much for you, you don’t need to worry. Just take your car over to a car wash that follows these things as well.
Have a Rain Barrel
Since rain is a very big proponent of stormwater, why not nip the problem in the bud? One way you can do this is by having either a rain barrel or cistern installed in your household.
Either of these things collects the rainwater and stores it. This effectively stops it from reaching the drains.
Furthermore, you can use the accumulated rainwater for a great number of things. For instance, rainwater has a lot of nutrients that are great for use in gardens. It is ideal to use rainwater and not tap water that has fluoride and chlorine in it.
In addition, this rainwater can also have you stave off any chemical fertilizers that you are using in the garden. This also helps lessen the chances of stormwater pollution.
Finally, the one thing that you can do that will help out greatly is by keeping a lookout and supporting any programs that are designed to support stormwater systems.
These programs allow for less flooding to happen, while also keeping nature’s resources safe and intact.
At an initial glance, these programs may cost a pretty penny. However, the benefits far outweigh the cost. Successful programs can help with damages to property as well.
We hope you stay aware and active in the fight against stormwater pollution.