Stormwater runoff is rain water that runs from impervious surfaces such as driveways, streets and parking lots before traveling into storm drains and pipes. As runoff travels into the stormwater system, it picks up pollutants such as oil and anti-freeze from cars, extra fertilizer and pesticides from lawns, trash and litter that accumulate in public areas, waste from pets, and carries it all into storm drains and ultimately our creeks, streams and rivers. Stormwater liquid is not treated at a plant so it's important to use precautions and minimize stormwater pollution whenever possible.
-The dirtier the water, the more it costs to treat/clean.
-We are all upstream from someone. Stormwater from Mooresville flows to Davidson, Concord and Cornelius.
-Polluted water reduces the recreational value and health of our rivers and lakes.
-Over time, erosion causes streams to erode or flood. Property damage at unchecked storm pipe discharges near streams is common.
Stormwater discharge from Phase II Municipal Separate Sewer System (MS4) communities is regulated by the Clean Water Act and North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ). This is to reduce the discharge of pollutants in stormwater runoff and protect water quality. Learn more about the sources and impacts pollution in stormwater runoff.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Tips
There are things everyone can do each day to help prevent stormwater pollution:
1) Don't dump anything into storm drains. If you do see someone dumping into a storm drain, call the Stormwater Program Specialist at 704-799-4068.
2) Follow instructions on the package when applying fertilizers and other chemicals. Do not over apply immediately before a rain event.
3) Do not over water your lawn.
4) Pick up after your pets and dispose of all pet waste.
5) Do not place anything (leaves, litter, garbage, etc.) in the street where it can enter the storm drain during a rain event.
6) Repair car leaks as soon as possible to prevent automotive fluids from entering storm drains.
7) Plant native plants in bare spots on your lawn to prevent sediment from washing into storm drains.
8) Use a commercial car wash or wash your vehicle using a hose with a control nozzle and bucket to limit runoff from car washing. If possible, direct water used to wash your car to grassy or landscaped areas.
Rain Barrels For Sale
In an on-going effort to help conserve water, the town has rain barrels for sale. Rain barrels collect runoff from rooftops for irrigation and provide a way to sustain landscaping during times of drought and water restrictions. Sale prices are $90 for a 60 gallon rain barrel and $100 for a 80 gallon rain barrel.
For more information or to place an order, call the town’s Business Office at 704-663-3800.