With all of the flooding finally starting to subside, you may be wondering, where is all of this water going?
In the early 1900’s, Red Wing installed storm sewer systems in our streets to prevent our streets from turning into rivers. We also have sanitary sewer systems that that connect our houses to our city’s wastewater treatment plant that cleans sewage and releases clean water into our rivers and lakes.
Although we have two separate sewer systems, it is still possible for city runoff pollution to flow into our rivers and lakes through the storm sewer system. This is why it is so important to do as much as we can to keep our rivers clean and safe.
Be mindful about your outdoor cleaning this spring. While washing windows, grills, or patios, make sure that the excess debris drains into the lawn and not into the street.
It is more environmentally friendly to take your car to the car wash, rather than wash it at home. Wastewater from the car wash goes directly to the Faribault wastewater treatment plant, and not into the storm sewers if you were to wash at home.
For more information about spring cleaning for our rivers and lakes, click here to visit the Republican Eagle.