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Why only rain should go down the drain

Learn how small, intentional actions can help improve the health of the Reedy River by keeping pollutants out of storm drains.

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GVL-Reedy River Water Quality Group-April 2024

Everything that goes down storm drain ends up directly in our local waterways.

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Do you know where stormwater goes?

When it rains, the water that flows into storm drains feeds directly into rivers, lakes, and streams — without being treated. Read: Anything that enters a storm drain, including contaminants picked up along the way, ends up in local waterways like the Reedy River.

These pollutants can cause major harm to aquatic life and habitats, so it’s important that only rain goes down the drain.

Easy ways to protect waterways

Our actions affect the health of the Reedy River, and changing how we treat storm drains can help.

First and foremost, don’t allow anything other than water to flow into storm drains. To avoid unwanted runoff, you can:

  • Wash your car on a soft, natural surface like grass — soil will soak up dirt and soap, acting as a natural filter.
  • Choose a car wash that recycles water.
  • Avoid blowing yard clippings into the street or storm drains.

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