Hi there! Have you seen me around town? I bet you have and maybe just didn't know who I am and what I am about? Well, let me fill you in on what "We All Live Downstream" really means!
We All Live Downstream means each one of us lives downstream from some location within the hydrological (water) cycle.
What is storm water?
Storm water is rain, snow, hail and sleet. When storm water runoff enters the storm drain system through the gutters outside your homes it goes, untreated, into the waters that we use for swimming, fishing, and other recreational uses.
Where does it go?
These pollutants are picked up as water (from rain, hoses, sprinklers, streets, parking lots, driveways, etc.) enters the City's catch basins. From there, this "untreated" solution flows through a massive system of pipes and channels straight by the Jordan River, Little Cottonwood Creek, Dry Creek, and eventually to the Great Salt Lake. Basically, anything dumped or dropped on the ground or in the gutter constitutes storm water pollution.
Why does storm water pollution matter to you?
We each play an important role in keeping our storm water clean! Pollution can be carried into our local waterways by storm water runoff. The largest source of storm water pollution in Utah results from everyday activities. The most common pollutants are: Trash, Toxins, and Sediment.
This is debris and trash in a local gutter inlet. Our Public Utilities crews try their best to clean up most of this trash and remove it but it would make things easier and less costly if we all worked together. Remember that "Only Rain Goes Down the Drain." If you see this debris, clean it up and dispose of it in the trash.
These pollutants can cloud the water making it difficult for aquatic life and plants to grow. Land animals and people can also get sick from eating contaminated fish or drinking polluted water. Also, pollutants cause flooding issues as they clog the storm drain system and increase maintenance costs.
What do I do with Household Hazardous Waste?
Nothing goes down the gutter. Visit the Public Works Household Hazardous Waste page to find out how to handle these materials.