Throughout the course of the year, overflows occur that impact water quality. These overflows may be impacted by seasonal changes, such as leafs hitting the ground and draining to the MSD catch basins. The weather could also impact the sewer system. For example, if grease is poured down the drain, the sewers can clog, and an overflow can occur. This is even more of a risk during the cold winter months, when grease will solidify more quickly.
Scoop the Poop
Pet waste that is left on the ground is carried to local waterways when it rains and can possibly contaminate our rivers and streams. Kids and pets play in these very same places. Pick up your pet’s waste and put it in a trash can. Do you part to help us keep our waterways clean!
Solids and Floatables (or Litter)
What does litter have to do with sewers? When trash is left in the yard or on the street, rain water carries this waste downhill. Usually that means that yard drains and catch basins will receive this debris. These drains lead to the nearest creek or stream, so the trash will end up there as well. Making sure that trash ends up in the can is the easiest way to make sure that this material does not end up in our water ways. Help us keep the creeks and Ohio River clear of trash.
In order for the catch basins to effectively collect stormwater, they need to be free of debris. This means that the catch basins should be cleared of leaves, sticks, litter and other debris that would stop stormwater from entering into the sewer system.
Catch Basin – Flyer
Fats, Oils and Grease
When put down the drain, fats, oils and grease wash into our sewer system and can cause major problems. Anything that is solid at room temperature will also be solid in the sewer. When FOG collects in sewer pipes, the pipe can clog and can lead to basement backups and sewer overflows. Project WIN has the following resources that outline best management practices for waste water and storm water discharges. Read more information on how to help water quality.