Storm drains carries rain water directly into local creeks and the Ohio River without any treatment, Because of this direct connection, water and other wastes that flow into a storm drain can easily cause pollution. Many automobile fluids, maintenance fluids, gasoline, litter and other materials used daily in your operation of your business can be toxic to aquatic life if it reaches a local waterway. Some spills, such as a substantial amount of gasoline that enters a storm drain or sanitary drain and an ignition source is present can result in severe property damage and loss of life. While most spills that you will encounter in your daily operation will not be this extreme they can however affect the local environment. Your business and employees can help prevent these sources of pollution from entering our local waterways. The way you handle your business practices can go a long way to prevent pollution from your business. This packet includes some educational material, best management practices that you can use to help prevent pollution and magnets with emergency phone numbers in case your employees need assistance during a spill. The goal of the Moundsville Sanitary/Stormwater Utility Board is to control discharges of pollutants to municipal storm drain system and therefore eliminating pollution of our local creeks and the Ohio River. By using the best management practices listed in this packet your business can effectively eliminate illegal discharges and connections.
Some helpful definitions:
The Storm Drain System: was built to collect and transport rain runoff to prevent flooding in urban areas. Anything that flows or is discharged into the storm drain system goes directly into local creeks and the Ohio River without any treatment. Remember only rain down the drain.
The Sanitary Sewer System: collects and transport sanitary wastes from interior building plumbing systems to the wastewater treatment plant where the wastewater is treated before going into the Ohio River.
Best Management Practices (BMPs): are methods and practices such as good housekeeping, spill prevention or treatment measures to prevent or minimize pollutant discharges to municipal storm drain systems.
Illegal Discharges or Illicit Connections: discharges of non-storm water to municipal storm drain system. An illicit connection would be a connection of a building’s sanitary plumbing system to a storm drain system.
Urban Runoff: is rain and any other water that passes through and out of developed areas (streets, parking lots, driveways, roof tops, etc.) into the storm drain system and eventually to creeks and the Ohio River.