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What is storm water?

Storm water is water that flows across the land and is routed into drainage systems and ultimately into our natural areas such as creeks, lakes and wetlands. Storm water is not limited to precipitation but may also come from watering the lawn, washing the car, and many other sources. Unlike sewage, storm water is not treated before it enters our waterways. In some cases it is filtered by traps or wetlands, usually located at the end of pipe systems, but in most cases it flows directly from our streets and gutters into our creeks, rivers and lakes. The preservation of our waterways are important to present and future generations. In spite of increasing populations and levels of development many of our streams still retain significant natural value and provide important environmental, commercial and recreational benefits. It is important that these uses are protected from the threat of storm water pollution.

How does Mississippi Mills manage storm water?

Currently, Mississippi Mills performs the following activities to manage our storm water and mitigate the impact of storm water pollution to the natural environment:

Operation & Maintenance
* Cleaning of sewers, catch basins and ponds
* Removal of obstructions in creeks and watercourses (creek rehabilitation)
* Street sweeping
* Leaf collection
* Site investigations (based on customer complaints or calls)

Environmental Compliance
* Spill response
* Providing quality and quantity control of storm water in developing areas
* Public education

Capital Improvement Projects
* System rehabilitation, renewal and retrofit projects
* Infrastructure projects (storm water component)

Planning and Management
* Emergency planning
* Policy development

What can you do to help protect our storm water system?

We all play an important role when it comes to protecting our water resources. Here are a few things you can do in and around your home to keep pollution out of our storm water system.

  1. Use a rain barrel to collect water for your garden. Rain barrels reduce runoff and ease the load on our water treatment plants.
  2. Limit the use of fertilizers and pesticides on your lawn that can be carried away by rainwater.
  3. Wash your car at a carwash, rather than in your driveway, to prevent soapy water and sediment from entering our storm water system.
  4. Sweep dirt from your sidewalks and driveways and put it in the garbage, instead of on the road.
  5. Pick up pet waste regularly.
  6. Ensure your downspouts drain onto your lawn or garden areas, not directly onto streets or alleys.   

For more information visit the Ministry of the Environment's website.