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  • Preventing Stormwater Pollution Benefits Drinking Water

    Jun 23, 2014 | Read More News
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    The monsoon is coming and there are many actions we can take to keep the water clean for future generations. We can reduce the amount of pollution in the stormwater by reducing litter; hiring reliable solid waste haulers; replacing brake pads that have high copper content; reducing the use of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers; and cleaning up after our animals.  Rainbow After Desert Rain

    Each year during the monsoon, stormwater carries pollutants such as oil, grease, pesticides, debris, and pet waste to our washes. There it begins the process of filtering down to the water that is deep within the soil below us. Over time, some of the pollutants may reach the aquifer where wells pump water to the surface for drinking and agricultural needs. 

    To reduce stormwater pollution:

    • Hire permitted solid waste haulers to remove trash from your property. If not, explain to the hauler that you will withhold half of the fee until you see a dated landfill receipt, so you know it was not dumped; 
    • Pick up at least one piece of litter a day and be sure to properly dispose of trash;
    • When replacing brake pads, install low-copper brake pads; 
    • Store chemicals properly and minimize the use of pesticides and lawn chemicals to reduce runoff, and apply them well before it rains; and
    • Carry plastic bags with you when you take your dog on outings to pick up after them. This will eliminate the spread of disease from bacteria and viruses often found in pet feces.

    Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) issues permits to Solid Waste Haulers and manages the stormwater permit for Pima County that allows the County to discharge stormwater from its storm sewer system to washes. The County’s stormwater system includes 2,087 miles of roadways, 39 miles of storm drains, and infrastructure collecting runoff into stream channels. More information on ways to keep our stormwater clean is available on the PDEQ website in the Stormwater Management Program section.