Storm Water begins its life as precipitation, the rain falling from a storm.
However, even if it never rained, we would still have to worry about the issues associated with Storm Water. Watering your lawn can cause any chemicals applied to the lawn to flow down into the storm drain systems. That is why it important to not place potentially harmful substances down storm drains. Those substances will travel straight to a lake or stream completely untreated!
The fact that Storm Water enters our lakes and streams directly, without being treated, is why it is such an issue. Denton County is one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation, which makes stormwater pollution a priority in our area. The total population for Denton County is projected to exceed 1 million by 2030. That is just a few years to more than double the current population of people living inside the county boundary.
This means that more storm sewer systems will be installed. Urban Storm Water runoff is now seen as one of the primary sources of water pollution across the United States. While Storm Water does enter our lakes and streams untreated, it does not have to enter them polluted. It is up to each of us to do our part to keep our water clean. Help keep harmful substances out of our:
- Storm drains
- Street gutters
Then, the water that enters our lakes and streams will be no more polluted than the rain that fell from the clouds.