Stormwater Education

What is stormwater and where does it go?

Stormwater is runoff from rainwater plus anything that the rain carries along with it like pollutants, trash and sediment. Unlike sewage, stormwater is not cleaned at a wastewater treatment facility. Whatever enters the storm drain goes directly into local creeks and lakes in our area and can cause many negative impacts. 

Why does is matter?

Some of the harmful chemicals like motor oils, soaps, and pesticides are toxic not only to wildlife but also for our drinking water supply. Fertilizers can support harmful algae blooms. Decaying yard waste and pet waste can deplete the water of oxygen and kill fish. Pet waste also leads to increased bacterial contamination that can make water unsafe for swimming and other recreational activities.

How can you help protect our local streams and lakes?

To prevent household pollutants from entering storm drains, there are several actions Mesquite residents can take.  Also, Keep Mesquite Beautiful hosts several clean up events annually where individuals and groups can participate in Mesquite's Clean City Initiative to help keep neighborhoods and waterways free of trash and debris.  

Helpful Resources

Stormwater to drinking water

Freddy the fish

Proper pool draining

Proper lawncare

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