Pollution Prevention

Regional detention basinYou may not be aware that storm drains connect directly to nearby waterways and not to your wastewater treatment facilities.  Everything that washes down a storm drain goes straight to your local lakes, rivers, or streams.  Each year, unnecessary pollution enters our waters as people dump used motor oil, antifreeze, and other wastes into storm sewers.  Even pollution not directly dumped in the storm drain may run off the land and end up there.  Rain or melting snow can wash soil, litter, fertilizers, pesticides, leaves, and grass clippings off of your pavement and into your storm drain.  The storm drain then empties into local waterways causing pollution that may kill fish, increase weed and algae growth, and make your water unsafe for use.

Please report any pollution concerns or illegal dumping immediately to (513)-595-5258.

DIY Projects
Whether you're building a new home, building an addition to your home, or jst doing some gardening, it's important to consider the disposal of whatever products you're using.  Construction runoff from a DIY project is one of the most common, and most harmful sources of water pollution.
Follow these tips to reduce the amount of runoff to the City's water retention:

  • NEVER wash leftover material (concrete mix, wood stain, paint, etc.) into the storm drain!
  • Sweep up any physical debris and place it in your trash for pick-up.
  • Soak up any liquid spills with towels or an absorbent powder and dispose of them properly.
  • Make sure your driveway or other exposed surface is cleaned up before it rains.  Rain will wash left-over debris into the storm drain.

Car Care
Properly maintaining your car is important for safe operation, but it is also important to make environmental considerations when working on your car.  Automotive fluids, soaps, and wax can be very harmful to local water sources if washed down a storm drain.  Here are some tips to make your car maintenance safer for the water supply.

  • Take your car to a commercial car wash that recycles or filters the waste water.
  • CarWashIf you prefer to wash your own car, do it on the lawn so that the grass filters out the soaps and chemicals before they reach the storm drain, and use a biodegradable soap.
  • Keep old jugs from milk, juice, etc. to store used vehicle fluids separately so they can be recycled.
  • NEVER dispose of automotive fluids by dumping them or throwing them in the garbage.
  • If a spill does occur, clean it quickly with kitty litter, sawdust, cornmeal, or other highly absorbent material.

Pet Waste
Pet waste contains a lot of bacteria which, if washed down a storm drain, can throw off the nitrogen cycle in retaining ponds.  Ponds are a contained ecosystem, and when external nutrients are introduced, that ecosystem is disrupted.  Additional bacteria and nutrients fuel algae growth and can harm the naturally growing aquatic plants and fish.  Here are some measures you can take to ensure that your pet's waste is not washed into local water sources:

  • Bring lots of pick-up bags.  Remember to pick up your pet's waste and either throw it in the trash or flush it.
  • Maybe bring some extra bags in case your neighbors forgot!