Stormwater is precipitation that does not soak into the ground, but instead runs off the surface. As stormwater flows over driveways, lawns, and sidewalks, it may pick up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants. Stormwater eventually flows directly into the storm sewer systems and water bodies such as lakes, creeks, rivers, or coastal waters. In our area, whatever enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing, not to mention our drinking water supply. When grass clippings, leaves, or other debris are washed or dumped into our storm sewer inlets, drainage can be delayed or blocked. Sweep up grass clippings from paved surfaces. Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly so excess chemicals do not wash into the storm drain and pollute water bodies. Additionally, garbage. motor oil, paints, antifreeze, and pet waste, are NOT allowed in storm sewers. All these items are considered illegal dumping or illicit discharges and the person doing this may be subject to penalties or fines if legal action is taken.
By practicing healthy household habits, homeowners can keep common pollutants off the ground and out of the storm sewer system. Clean up spilled fluids with absorbent materials and don’t rinse into a nearby storm drain. Recycle used oil and other automotive fluids at service stations. When walking your pet, pick up pet waste and dispose of it properly. Whenever possible, drain your pool or spa into the sanitary sewer system. Adopt these healthy household habits and help protect our local water bodies.
Fort Bend County MUD No. 151 (the District) is seeking volunteers to replace missing or damaged inlet markers like the one shown below on the storm sewer inlets within the District. These markers remind folks to NOT put any illicit discharges into the storm sewer system. Participants will be trained how to effectively install inlet markers and educated on the importance of stormwater quality.For volunteer opportunities please contact the inlet marker coordinator at (281) 363-4039 or JCMS4volunteer@jonescarter.com
If you observe illegal dumping within the District please call Vanessa Chapa: (281) 578-4200
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