- Public Works
- Storm Water
- Citizens Helping With Storm Water
Citizens Helping With Storm Water
Cleaning Your Home Carpets
If you have leftover water that contains carpet cleaning chemicals, you must dispose of it in the same manner as you dispose of wastewater.
People caring for their homes can unknowingly pollute local waterways through the improper handling and disposal of household chemicals, paint, and trash. Through inattention or carelessness, materials swept, raked, or spilled on the ground or pavement can be carried by water into our local river and lake.
Maintaining & Washing Your Car
When it rains the oils and grease are all washed off the paved areas and flow directly to the Jordan River and Utah Lake through the storm drains. Drips, leaks and spills of soap, oil, grease, gas, antifreeze and other toxins used by automobiles are washed off and carried by rainfall or water to pollute our waterways.
All paints, stains, solvents, varnishes and adhesives contain chemicals that are harmful to wildlife and humans, rains may wash these chemicals through storm drains into nearby rivers and lakes.
Pet waste which can be washed by rainfall into storm drains is hazardous to people, animals and the environment.
Recycling Autumn Leaves
Leaves clog our gutters and storm drains causing street flooding every year. Overloading the Jordan River and Utah Lake with leaves can deplete the water of oxygen as the leaves decompose. Low oxygen levels harm fish.
Yard work, landscaping, and gardening can contribute to river and lake pollution. Through inattention or carelessness lawn clippings, leaves, soil, pet waste, pesticides and fertilizer can be carried by rain water into our local rivers and lakes.