What is Stormwater?
The City of Inverness, Department of Public Works is proud to do its part in protecting the environment. We work to minimize the entry of pollutants into its precious water resources and to provide the community with good, safe drinking water. We are also doing our part to help lake waters swimmable, and protect a quality habitate for fishing and water sports.
How You Can Help
You can make a difference to the future of Florida's water systems. We can all contribute to a safer water supply and healthy future for all generations to come. Here are some things you can do to help improve natural water resources:
- Use phosphate free soaps when washing your vehicles, boats and homes. Use environmentally safe cleaning products on your animals.
- Do not let paint, thinners, or other chemicals flow into the street.
- Remember to blow leaves, soils, and other yard debris back into your yard, not onto the walkways or streets.
- Control soil erosion on your property by planting ground cover and stabilizing erosion-prone areas.
- Dispose of garbage in proper bags/receptacles.
How Businesses Can Help
- Building Contractors should keep excess silts and soils from roadways, and keep chemicals from reaching the streets. We can recycle as much construction debris as possible.
- Restaurants should remember to clean grease traps regularly, recycle cans, bottles and other containers, and use environmentally friendly cleaning solutions.
- Lawn Services should always blow grass clippings back onto the property instead of the sidewalk or streets.
Federal Regulations define an illicit discharge as “…any discharge to a stormwater system that is not composed entirely of storm water…” with some exceptions. These exceptions include discharges from NPDES-permitted industrial sources and discharges from fire-fighting activities. Illicit discharges are considered “illicit” because MS4s are not designed to accept, process, or discharge such non-storm water wastes.
Sources of Illicit Discharge
Effluent from septic tanks
Car wash wastewaterss
Improper oil disposal
Radiator flushing disposal
Spills from roadway accidents
Improper disposal of auto and household toxics
If you have any questions or comments please contact the Public Works Department at 352-726-2321 or publicworks@Inverness-FL.gov.