Source of Pollution
Many people do not realize that rain can be a source of pollution to our streams, lakes and rivers. Under ideal conditions rain is not and does not pollute our local waterways. It is only after it reaches the ground where the problems begin. During a rain the rainfall runs off of roofs, parking lots, streets, driveways, yards and other hard surfaces. The rain runs down the streets and pickups pollutants that have been collecting on these surfaces from the last rain.
Some of the most common pollutants are sediment (dirt), litter (paper, cigarette butts, pop cans) nutrients (yard fertilizer), pesticides (bug spray or powders), pathogens (pet waste), toxins (anti-freeze, motor oil, gasoline, and household chemicals), heavy metals (industry) and many other items that we use daily as well as items from industry and commercial establishments.
These pollutants can destroy wild life habitat, affect our drinking water, and lead to fish kills, close beaches and affect the very place where we live, work and play.
These pollutants and the rain or better known as runoff makes it to the storm water collection system by running down the streets. The storm water collection system is made up of catch basins, gratings, many miles of piping and outlets. In many places if the street is close to a stream the runoff simply runs into the stream. There is no treatment to the polluted rain before entering into the stream. This is where the problem begins and is why the City of Moundsville has a Storm Water Utility. The Utility is to work with the Citizens to control pollutants entering our streams through education and ordinances.
Follow these simple tips to help: Do not litter, pick up pet waste, repair automobile leaks, do not over fertilize, use a commercial car wash. These are only a few tips to help our environment.
“ONLY RAIN DOWN
UV DISINFECTION IN THE
MOUNDSVILLE SANITARY BOARD PLANT
The secondary effluent is combined into a single channel containing a Trojan UV3000 plus disinfection system. The UV system consists of two banks of horizontal lamps, each having 8 lamps. The TrojanUV3000Plus™ uses energy-efficient amalgam lamps.
These high output lamps are automatically dimmed when flow demand drops or when the water quality changes. The system uses ActiClean™ during cleaning cycles, which eliminates sleeve fouling. The UV system sterilizes the bacteria in the water before going to the Ohio River.
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