Did you know that urban runoff still occurs without rain? While the rainy months do increase the amount of stormwater that flows through our local waterways, approximately 100 million gallons of untreated water flows from Southern California streets to the ocean every day during dry months. But if the clouds aren’t producing the water, who is?
The water comes from you and me.
Despite drought conditions, water consumption is up. According to The Guardian, Californians used 77 gallons of water per person per day in March. This is the most water Californians have used in March since 2015. Water used outside the house, like watering lawns or giving your vehicle a wash in the summer sun, has the potential to flow into our storm drains just like stormwater. Even if the water is clean to begin with, it can pick up chemicals and debris on the street before heading into the storm drain.
Even though there’s not as much water flowing through the storm drains during the dry months, droughts cause lower water levels in our waterways, leading to a higher concentration of pollutants. This is not ideal for a swim at the beach. In preparation for the dry summer months ahead, follow these pollution prevention tips!
Home and Gardening Tips
Automotive Do-It-Yourselfer Tips
Polluted dry weather urban runoff is preventable! Do your part to both reduce the amount of urban runoff flowing through our local waterways and keep pollutants completely out of our local waterways. You’ll be keeping your local neighborhood and LA’s creeks, rivers and beaches clean for everyone to enjoy this summer.
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