There has been a lot of news lately about plastic in the oceans and overall ocean pollution. We can all agree that we want clean water and are turned off by pictures of trash in our oceans. Although we are far from the ocean, we can take action right here in Bartlett to help.
The majority of pollution in our waters comes from the land. A major contributor to pollution is storm water runoff.
The City of Bartlett has two water systems. The storm drain system was designed to prevent flooding by carrying excess rainwater away from streets, homes and businesses. This system contains no filters. Water that flows down driveways, streets and outside areas into a storm sewer or ditch flows directly to nearby creeks, rivers and ultimately the ocean.
Only our sanitary sewer systems collect water that goes down a sink or other inside drain flows to a wastewater treatment plant or to a septic system for treatment.
Much of the urban environment is paved with asphalt or concrete or is covered with buildings. These surfaces are usually impervious, meaning that water runs off of them without being absorbed into the soil. These hard, impervious surfaces make […]