Florida sees its fair share of storms every year, though severe weather is not always a constant. As a local homeowner, you understand the problems you face the moment a severe storm strikes—including the aftermath. For both safety and appearance, it is important to clean up after a storm hits. What you may not realize, however, is how important this cleanup is for your health as well.
How Street Sweeping Prevents Water Pollution
Street sweeping helps clear dirt, debris, and particulates from the streets. If these things were not removed, they would pollute our drinking water and contaminate our soil. Even small-scale storms stir up dirt and debris, though this may not be as apparent as it is with more severe weather. Still, you can imagine how challenging it is to keep waste collected by storm waters from moving downstream and into the water supply.
Obviously, our drinking water is thoroughly cleaned before re-entering the system for consumption, but street sweeping is the first line of defense.
In fact, a survey conducted by the U.S.G.S found that street sweeping can eradicate up to 740 pounds of material per mile in residential neighborhoods and 522 pounds per mile on commercial roadways. That’s a lot of waste being cleared before it ever touches the water we drink.
This is the primary reason municipalities began enforcing street cleaning. Cars kick up dirt and other sediments, accidents leave behind sharp particles, people drop garbage onto the street, and more. By removing these problematic materials, street cleaners help prevent water and soil contamination. However, with greenhouse gases and pollution on the rise, this challenge has become more complex.
A Complex Problem
As mentioned, stormwater is filled with sediment, leaves, and garbage from the street. But the real threat to our drinking water and soil is what rain brings down from the atmosphere. Stormwater can contain air pollution, including particles produced from our cars and factories. Street sweeping has been shown to decrease the amount of particulates polluting our air. By removing the particulates at the source, and using a dust suppression system during the sweeping process, street sweepers help reduce air pollution and improve the air we breathe.
Street sweeping is a cost-effective and efficient solution for preventing stormwater pollution. It’s important for our health as well as the earth’s that we continue our efforts to stop polluting. For more information call USA Services or fill out our Service Request Form for an online proposal!