Good Housekeeping/Pollution Prevention deals with the impact of Municipal Employees activities on stormwater pollution. All municipal employees receive training on minimizing their influence on stormwater by implementing Best Management Practices (BMP’s) in their everyday work.
Post-Construction Stormwater Management is the most recently implemented MCM in the SWMP. For projects to require Stormwater Treatment Facilities they need to have been preliminary platted after Sept 1, 2017 and greater than an acre in size.
A drip a second from a leaky faucet sends five gallons of water down the drain in a day. An hour could be measured as 3,364 drips or about 3 3/4 cups of water.
According to the US Geological Survey, a typical drip is between 1/5 and 1/3 of one milliliter. Using 1/4 of a milliliter as an average, the USGS estimates that roughly 15,140 drips from a faucet equals one gallon of water.
In the end, it’s probably easier (and cheaper) to just set the clock ahead for Daylight Savings Time this Sunday.
“If all U.S. households installed water-saving features, water use would decrease by 30 percent, saving an estimated 5.4 billion gallons per day. This would result in dollar-volume savings of $11.3 million per day or more than $4 billion per year.” – USGS 2015 Water Census
Construction Stormwater Management is a key part of controlling Stormwater Pollution. The City of Kearney has at least 120 building permits out at any point in the year. A lot of these disturb the soil and require Best Management Practices to control erosion and sediment movement.
Water conservation ranks as a “top five” priority for the next decade for 99% of business managers surveyed according to WaterUseitWisely.com.
Try these tips and see how much your business can save:
1. Learn where your company uses water – landscape, restrooms, break rooms, and create usage goals for those areas.
2. Shut off water to unused areas to eliminate waste from leaks or unmonitored use.
4. Create a goal of how much water your company can save and publish the company’s monthly water use to show progress toward those goals.
5. Educate employees on good water habits through newsletters and posters.
The City of Kearney’s IDDE Program depends a lot on the ‘eyes on the ground.’ In order to identify issues such as discharges that could negatively impact stormwater pollution, the City of Kearney relies on communication within its departments and the citizens of our municipality. There are established ways of communication: 308-233-3273; email@example.com; and ‘Access Kearney’ at www.cityofkearney.org.
Another interesting winter phenomena . . .
A “Ghost Apple” occurs when freezing rain coats rotting apples before they fall, the apple turns mushy and eventually slips out, leaving the icy shell still hanging on the tree.