What is Stormwater?
Stormwater is water that runs off roads, roofs, sidewalks and other hard surfaces when it rains often carrying pollutants like oil, grease, and grass clippings into our drinking water supply. To improve the quality of our drinking water, the EPA now requires a program to improve stormwater quality.
Reducing Stormwater Run-off
- Never dispose of oil or gasoline in a storm drain.
- If you live close by a storm drain, keep yard debris and garbage cleared from its path.
- Rain barrels connected to your guttering are a great way to prevent excess stormwater runoff.
- Clean up pet waste and dispose of it properly.
- Keep your septic tank well maintained.
- Lawn chemicals can be a source of run-off pollution. Be sure and read the directions on fertilizer and pesticide application or better yet, find a more environmentally friendly way to keep weeds and bugs away. Never dispose of these liquids down the storm drain.
- Never dispose of hazardous waste or chemicals down your household drains. What you pour down your drain makes its way back into our water supply.
- Use pesticides, herbicide, and fertilizers sparingly.
- Repair auto leaks quickly.
- Use commercial car washes that recycle water or wash your car on your lawn.
- Sweep up debris rather than hosing down paved surfaces.
- Landscape your property so run-off from roofs or driveways drains to lawns and gardens.
- Make sure containers with grease or other materials are covered and not leaking.
Reporting Illicit Discharges
Help us keep our water supply healthy and safe by contacting our Stormwater Pollution Hotline and reporting any illicit (unlawful) discharges into the stormwater system by calling the Public Works Department (704) 920-4200.
Join the Kannapolis Stream Team!
The Kannapolis Stream Team is an educational volunteer program designed to help our local waterways. With hundreds of miles of streams, volunteers are needed to assist cleaning this unsightly litter and report water pollution problems.
When you join the Stream Team you are improving one of the greatest natural resources in Kannapolis – our creeks and streams. Water pollution affects every one of us and although there are no easy remedies, working together to clean area streams will result in a healthier watershed and an attractive community. Everyone in the community can take an active role in assuring the well-being of the Kannapolis community and its water resources.
Staff can provide a location that is appropriate for individuals and groups of all sizes and people of all ages and abilities. Supplies will be provided. If you are interested in joining the Kannapolis Stream Team, click here to e-mail us!
Because there are costs associated with running a stormwater program, and the federal government does not provide funding, Kannapolis has implemented a stormwater fee for both residents and businesses in the City, which appears on your water and sewer bill each month. Information on residential and commercial stormwater fees can be found on the fee schedule here.