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Information About Storm Drains

What are the dangers associated with storm drain water because of manufacturing

Did you know that three of the most common waste materials filtered out of storm drainage by storm drain filters are wrappers from food and candy, cigarette butts, and discarded paper?

Because these pollutants are so common in storm drainage, and because stormwater pollution can travel long distances through unseen aquifiers, making it harder to deal with than surface pollution, filters for storm drainage are incredibly important. Stormwater filters such as catch basins are often the first opportunity to keep pollutants out of storm drainage. These catch basin inserts can also remove hydrocarbons and contaminants, including metal, sand, and silt from stormwater runoff, in addition to the litter and solid waste materials listed above. These storm drain filters keep this debris and pollutants out of the water stream. Fossil filter inserts specialize in capturing petroleum based hydrocarbons, keeping oil, fuel, and antifreeze on track to a sanitation plant, rather than in the water being returned to lakes and streams. Fossil filters are often considered the cheapest way to meet required water quality standards.

These filters for storm drainage are found in most cities in the United States. Most storm drainage systems empty into lakes, rivers, streams, and other bodies of water, which shows further why filtering the drainage is so important. This water is not only used for recreational purposes, but gets drawn off to be the drinking water of nearby towns and cities. Considering the types of pollutants that get into the drainage, keeping them out of these bodies of water is essential to the safety of the community. Because of this, towns and cities are required by the Federal EPA Water Quality Standards to apply for storm water permits before using water from these bodies of water, to prevent water pollution. Therefore, having a filter system for this storm drainage will ensure that towns can use the readily accessible water in their immediate area.