El Nino and Stormwater Waste

El Nino and Stormwater Waste

“Overall, the Climate Prediction Center forecast a greater-than-90% chance that El Niño will continue through this winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and about an 85% chance it will last into the early spring.” – LA Times

What is stormwater waste and why does it matter?

Stormwater runoff originates from a mixture of sources such as heavy rain and irrigation, and consists of dirt, fertilizer, oil, trash, bacteria, metals, and chemicals. These mixtures of contaminates eventually evolve into waste streams of highly toxic pollution.

Stormwater will pick up anything from debris, chemicals, sediment, and other pollutants, then carry them into a storm drain system and into a lake, river, wetland, or even into coastal water.

The problem with storm water is that anything that enters a storm drain system is untreated and pollutes the bodies of water we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water. These waste streams are hazardous to the health and safety of the public and also find their way to the ocean, dramatically affecting marine life.

Solutions to Stormwater Runoff

One way to reduce the danger of stormwater runoff is through education and awareness to your local city ordinance – “Stormwater and Urban Runoff” to Title 6 “Public Works”. Typically storm drains are used to draw off as much stormwater runoff from streets.

In addition, the smart use of landscaping and plant positioning can absorb stormwater before it even hits the streets. Those using water in conjunction with chemicals or in other industrial applications are required to reclaim and/or recapture the waste they produce by city mandate and properly dispose of contaminated liquid waste through a local hazardous waste collection facility.

Green Clean Water & Waste provides stormwater removal services in compliance with California state and municipal law. We will help you create a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP) and assist in the identification and mediation of all possible sources of stormwater pollution on your site.

Our waste management services include transportation, disposal, and treatment of wastewater. We will customize a program to fit your hazardous waste needs.

Green Clean Water & Waste Services provides its services in Southern California – San Diego County, Orange County, Los Angeles County, and surrounding areas.

For more information on our products and our scope of services, visit our contact page or give us a call at 877-724-4473.