December 6, 2017 Mellisa McColley

Do Storm Drains Get Cleaned?



Storm drain systems need to be cleaned regularly. Routine cleaning reduces the amount of pollutants, trash and debris both in the storm drain system and in receiving waters. Clogged drains and storm drain inlets can cause the drains to overflow, leading to increased erosion. Cleaning increases dissolved oxygen, reduces levels of bacteria, and supports in-stream habitat.

Did you know that our crews have recently cleaned out the storm sewer lines along Gandy Boulevard, which will assist in water flow and drainage? Approximately 105 cubic yards of sediment – that’s seven full dump trucks or 140 tons removed! We also discarded other debris, like old tires, hubcaps, metal poles and cement rocks. Clean box culverts mean better stormwater drainage along Gandy Boulevard!

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