In addition to making our community look better, street sweeping is necessary to comply with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit requirements.
Many residents are unaware of the threat stormwater pollution poses to local streams. Not all storm drains flow to the wastewater plant for treatment. In fact many storm drains are connected to waterways so whatever ends up in storm drains flows directly to our local streams.
During dry weather, pollutants such as motor oil, antifreeze, trash, and lawn and garden products accumulate on streets, parking lots and yards. When it rains, the rainwater washes these pollutants into the storm drains.
A complete sweep of the city streets typically takes about three months and should be complete by June 30.
For more information regarding the street sweeping schedule or general street maintenance, please call the Service Department at 937-525-5800.
Ohio winters pose many challenges to the Service Department’s efforts to make our community better. The annual street sweeping program is usually our first spring program and a sign that more good things are on the horizon.
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