Grovetown receives an average of 47.3 inches of precipitation annually, creating several billion gallons of stormwater runoff per year.
Simply put, stormwater is precipitation that doesn't soak into the ground. When it rains, water washes over roofs, streets, driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, and land surfaces. Along the way, it picks up a variety of pollutants, including oil, pesticides, metals, chemicals, and soil. This polluted stormwater drains into a storm system that eventually discharges into rivers and streams. The pollutants can endanger the water quality of our waterways, making them unhealthy for people, fish, and wildlife.
Unlike pollution from industry or sewage treatment facilities, which is caused by a discrete number of sources, stormwater pollution is caused by the daily activities of people everywhere. Stormwater runoff is the most common cause of water pollution.
Stormwater Management Systems encompass any of the devices used to collect, treat or dispose of storm, flood or surface drainage waters. These can include: detention ponds, pipes, streams, culverts, wetlands, ditches, catch basins, etc. When it rains, these devices can become clogged, lessening their ability to carry stormwater. This stormwater can overflow into streets.
The City of Grovetown Storm Water Management Department is responsible for:
- Cleaning city-owned detention/retention ponds.
- Testing of water leaving detention/retention ponds for any pollutants that may be harmful to the environment.
- Upkeep of the city's stormwater infrastructure.
- Inspection of all retention ponds (city-owned and privately-owned) inside the city limits.
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit program requires that the City have a comprehensive stormwater management program designed to control stormwater pollution. This program includes such measures as structural and non-structural stormwater controls, best management practices, regular inspections, enforcement activities, stormwater monitoring and public education efforts. Stormwater management ordinances, erosion and sedimentation control ordinances, development regulations and other local regulations provide the legal authority necessary to implement the stormwater management programs. 10 things you can do to help reduce stormwater system pollution:
- Never dump anything on the street, down a storm drain or in a drainage ditch.
- Scoop up after your pet. Bag the refuse and dispose of it in the trash.
- Compost grass clippings and leaves or bag them for curbside collection. Do not blow them into the street.
- Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly. Do not apply them on paved areas.
- Check your vehicles for leaks and repair them.
- Reduce, reuse and recycle the amount of cleaning and maintenance chemicals used at home.
- Recycle motor oil and other vehicle fluids.
- Put litter in its place.
- Wash cars at a commercial car wash or on a grassy area and not your driveway.
- Tell a friend or neighbor about how to prevent stormwater pollution and get involved.
The city's stormwater system chief operator is Joe E. McNeal Jr.