Problems with Stormwater Pollution
Stormwater runoff is generated from rain and snowmelt events that flow over land or impervious surfaces, such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, and does not soak into the ground. The runoff picks up pollutants like trash, chemicals, oils, and dirt/sediment that can harm our rivers, streams and lakes. To protect these resources, communities, construction companies, industries, and others, use stormwater controls, known as best management practices (BMPs). These BMPs filter out pollutants and/or prevent pollution by controlling it at its source.
In Morgantown alone, our water treatment plant treats an average of 10.5 million gallons of water a day. Roughly 80% of this water comes from the Monongahela River while the remaining amounts come from the Cobun Creek Reservoir.
The sources of our drinking water are important to keep in mind because what goes into these water resources can adversely impact the quality- and even the safety- of our drinking water. And despite common public perception, most daily pollutants of our water resources doesn’t come from large businesses but rather from households such as yours!
This is why it’s important to understand what you can do to limit and eliminate household contaminants from entering our water supply. Get the EPA After the Storm brochure.
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