ENVIRONMENT

Stormwater Awareness Week begins in Phoenix

Posted 1/23/23

It is probably not on your calendar, but Phoenix officals say it should be.

The city is kicking off Stormwater Awareness week Monday, Jan. 23.

The annual regional effort is designed to teach …

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ENVIRONMENT

Stormwater Awareness Week begins in Phoenix

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It is probably not on your calendar, but Phoenix officals say it should be.

The city is kicking off Stormwater Awareness week Monday, Jan. 23.

The annual regional effort is designed to teach everyday actions to reduce stormwater pollution.

Water department officials said stormwater in Phoenix is not treated like the wastewater leaving kitchens, laundry appliances, sinks, showers or toilets.

"Stormwater Awareness Week encourages our community members to take everyday actions to help protect the quality of our water,” Jennifer Calles, deputy water services director, said.

“With our separate systems for stormwater and wastewater, it’s important to remember that stormwater doesn’t get treated and flows directly to nearby washes and retention basins, infiltrating the soil, making it imperative that we work daily to keep our water system clean.”

Some ways to reduce stormwater pollution include: 

  • Properly disposing of trash, recyclables and chemicals like detergent, paint, medications. 
  • Recycling motor oil and maintaining vehicles to prevent leaks. 
  • Cleaning up after pets.
  • Using lawn chemicals sparingly and following manufacturers’ directions. 
  • Properly disposing of leftover paint and household chemicals at a household hazardous waste event. 

The goal, Phoenix officials said in a release, “only rain in the storm drain.”

virtual workshop is scheduled for noon Wednesday, Jan. 25, to discuss the city’s Stormwater Management Program and activities to reduce stormwater pollution. Attendees are required to register to participate.

For more: phoenix.gov/stormwater