Only Rain in the Storm Drain

Red Deerians are making the connection between their habits and environmental impact. If it flows into the storm drain, it enters the Red Deer River.

What can go in the storm drain?

Only rain in the storm drain campaign graphicOnly rain and snow melt should go in our storm water system. Anything that enters the storm drain ends up directly in the Red Deer River, untreated. Rainfall and any other materials do not get treated at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

As rainfall runoff flows across sidewalks, driveways, grass and asphalt, it picks up pollutants and carries them into the storm drain – also known as catch basins. Hazardous substances spilled, dumped, or left on the ground are washed into the storm water collection system and the river. These materials harm our environment and pollute our source of drinking water. They also add to the need to treat our drinking water during Spring Run-off.

How do I help?

• Pick up litter
• Scoop the pet poop
• Wash your car at the carwash
• Ensure your vehicle doesn’t leak fluids
• Prevent leaves and grass clippings from entering storm drains
• Avoid fertilizers or pesticides, or choose organic products
• Empty hot tubs and swimming pools into your basement floor drain/sanitary sewer system
• Minimize the use of salt or ice melt on driveways and sidewalks

Should I report spills?

Call Environmental Services at 403-342-8750 immediately if you know any of the following materials have ended up in storm drains:

• Hazardous materials, including fuel, chemicals and paint
• Fats, oils or grease
• Lumber scraps, tile grout or concrete wash water
• Ash, sand, sawdust or garbage

It is illegal to allow any materials other than rainfall runoff in the storm drain, in accordance with The City of Red Deer’s Utility Bylaw.