THE DRAIN

Find out what's going down.

What's in stormwater?

September 19, 2016

 

PESTICIDES, HERBICIDES, FERTILIZERS

Lawn + garden chemicals

 

BACTERIA

Waste from animals and humans

E. coli and fecal coliform bacteria cause illness and skin irritations for surfers and swimmers.

 

NUTRIENTS

Phosphates + nitrates from fertilizers and detergents

High nutrient levels in water can increase plant and algae growth, harming underwater ecosystems.

 

TRASH

Bottles, cans, plastics, cigarettes, etc.

Anything on the pavement goes down the drain.

 

HEAVY METALS

Copper, lead, mercury, zinc, iron, etc.

Vehicles deposit metals into the environment through exhaust, brake linings and tire and engine wear.

 

PETROLEUM PRODUCTS

Gas, motor oil, grease Leaking vehicles and machinery drop petroleum products on roadways.

Car washing deposits oils and grease into the storm drain system.

 

 

 

 

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