Do you Know Where the Water in Your Storm Drain Goes? To Your Local River or Stream…
Even though you may live miles from a channel, river or stream, you might be polluting them. Unlike the sewer system, which carries water from your indoor drains to wastewater treatment plants, the storm drain system releases untreated water into channels, streams and rivers. To insure the safety and enjoyment of our environment, everyone’s help is needed to keep the storm drain system free from harmful pollutants. Please do not pour anything down the storm drains without first knowing what you can do to protect the water in your storm drain system.
What You Can Do To Protect The Water In Your Storm Drain System:
Some household products, such as cleaners, insect spray and weed killers, can cause pollution if allowed to drain into a storm drain. Buy household products labeled “nontoxic” whenever possible. Clean up spills with an absorbent material such as kitty litter and check with your disposal carrier or a hazardous waste collection center for disposal recommendations.
PAINT AND SOLVENTS
Clean water-based paints from rollers, pans and brushes in sinks that go into the sanitary sewer system. Use paint thinner to remove oil-based paint from brushes and rollers, then take used thinner and left over paint to a household hazardous waste collection center, or keep the paint for touch ups, or give it to a friend.
Keep your autos in good repair and watch for possible leaks. Take leftover or used fluids to your household hazardous waste collection center. Clean up leaks and spills with an absorbent material such as kitty litter and check with your disposal carrier or a household hazardous waste collection center for disposal recommendations.
SWIMMING POOL AND SPA
Water containing chlorine is harmful to aquatic life. Whenever possible, drain water into the sanitary sewer system. There are established guidelines on the amount of residual chlorine, acceptable pH range, coloration, filter media and acid cleaning wastes when draining into the storm drain system, and some areas may require a permit. Check with the Village for a copy of the guidelines.
LAWN AND GARDEN
Use a broom or rake to clean up yard debris and place in trash bins; lawn clippings and leaves should be placed in recycling containers if available - or better yet, leave your grass clippings on the lawn. Follow directions carefully when using pesticides and fertilizers; don’t over water or use before a rain. Pesticides and fertilizers may adversely impact our waterways.
Place trash and litter that cannot be recycled or reused in trash cans, and recycle the products that you can. Whenever possible, turn trash into useful products and buy recycled products. Remember: Reduce - Reuse - Recycle.
Pick up pet waste as soon as possible and put it in the trash. Pet waste has harmful bacteria that can get into our waterways. Also, follow label directions for disposal on pet care products like flea shampoo because they can be toxic.
It’s Up To You. Together, you and your neighbors can make a difference to keep gutters, storm drains and waterways clean. To learn more or report possible illegal discharges to the storm drain system, call the Village of Round Lake Public Works at (847) 546-0962.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) General NPDES Permit No ILR40 was re-issued (effective date April 1, 2009).
Maintaining a permit requires the Village to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) and an Annual Facility Inspection Report (AFIR) to the IEPA. To view these documents please click on each document's title NOI and AFIR.