Stormwater drains are different from sewer drains. Sewer drains carry waste from our kitchen, bathroom, laundry and other plumbing pipes in our homes which are then drained to a waste treatment plant where the water is treated. Stormwater drains, on the other hand, carries rainwater that flows from our roofs, lawns, driveways, and pathways.
Rainwater is essentially much cleaner than the sewer water that drains to our sewer pipes. They are not treated and drain directly to our lakes, rivers, and oceans. It is therefore important that we keep our stormwater drains clean and clear to prevent rainwater from overflowing on our property.
Here are some tips on how to keep our stormwater drains clear and things that you can do to prevent your stormwater drain from clogging up:
What could commonly cause blockage to our storm water drains?
- Litter – rubbish such as plastic wrappers and candy wraps.
- Dirt – you may raise an eyebrow with this example but yes dirt can cause blockage to your storm water drains
- Plastic bottles – proper disposal of your water bottles and soda cans may just save you extra dollars.
- Leaves – It’s autumn season so expect for dead leaves scattered across your lawn, make a habit of sweeping your front and back yard for dead leaves. It’s a good exercise and will save your drains.
3. Avoid throwing or dumping rubbish inside the stormwater drains. Again, only rainwater is meant to drain inside the stormwater drains. If you just had a recent BBQ outside, do not throw your leftover food down the stormwater drain. Or if you just cleaned your car, do not spill any oil down the drain as well. Remember that water from the stormwater drain goes directly to our water systems like our lakes and rivers and they go there directly untreated, unlike the sewer waters that are treated in waste treatment plants.
Remember, only rainwater is meant to drain in your stormwater drainage and nothing else. If your stormwater drain becomes clogged up and blocked, it’s considered as an emergency situation since it poses a health risk to human and marine life since this water goes directly to our natural waterways without being treated. A blocked stormwater drain can become contaminated and cause potentially hazardous bacteria and virus to affect our waterways so it’s very important to have these drains fixed as soon as possible.
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