Rainstorms are a significant source of the freshwater that all communities need for survival. When the rains fall, the storm water runs through streets, parking lots, and fertilized fields. When that happens, the water picks up a lot of potentially hazardous contaminants. Storm water treatment makes that water safe to add to the local groundwater supply. Here’s why it’s important.
Many Hazardous Contaminants in Storm Water
Crops need safe water supplies to grow well and produce a high yield. If the storm water that gets into the groundwater goes untreated, it could transfer many harmful substances to the local water supply. Hard surfaces, like streets and parking lots, trap oil, radiator fluid, and other harmful substances that drip and leak onto them.
When it rains, those same hard surfaces catch the storm water and send it through drains and down gutters. That water collects debris, dirt, and other contaminants as it flows through gutters and storm drains. Rainwater also washes through fields that contain fertilizers, pesticides, and particulate that should not get into the local water supply.
Possible Dangers From Storm Water
If contaminated storm water winds up in drinking supplies, it could affect the general health of the local population. If bad water is applied to crops, those crops might die off, produce a poor yield, or possibly pose a danger to those who eat it. Bad drinking water and bad water for crops could devastate a local community.</p?
Storm water can be healthful if it is captured and treated properly. A system that traps storm water and separates the good water from contaminating substances ensures safe drinking water. It also means local farmers can raise crops and ranchers can feed livestock without running risks caused by bad water.
Storm Water Treatment Protects Water Supplies
The Everglades covers nearly 11,000 square miles in southern Florida. These trees act like a natural storm water treatment system by capturing rainfall and running it through natural filters. An artificial storm water treatment system does the same thing but with engineering driving the process. The end result is the same — clean and potable fresh water for the local community and agriculture.
Local storm water treatment helps to maximize the available supplies of clean fresh water. When a local facility is running properly, the water supplies fully support local communities and any related agriculture that might be done in the area. Hydroseeding and other agricultural practices benefit greatly from safe water supplies. Be proactive and stay on top of the health of your water.