Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Stormwater Systems Can Effectively Eliminate Pollutants from Runoff

Motor oil floating and swirling on water may be a mesmerizing sight, but it can be harmful to the environment. A 1-acre parking lot generally collects about 4 gallons of motor oil in a year. Most will find its way into the stormwater system, eventually polluting streams, rivers and lakes. In many developed locations, stormwater runoff is the biggest source of water pollution. How efficient is your storm water system? Basic stormwater systems make use of drains, gutters, and sewers to transport rainwater from residential and business areas to nearby bodies of water and prevent an area from flooding and the associated damage it incurs. Unfortunately, with an inefficient system, any litter, debris, and other pollution will flow with the water. Stopping this pollution at its source is critical to maintaining the health of existing natural waterways and the communities that benefit from them. For this reason, stormwater systems need to be enhanced, as necessary, to enable better funct

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