The Richardson Health Department can provide environmental presentations. Please contact the Health Department at (972) 744-4077 or email vHealth@cor.gov to receive additional information.
Below are just a few of the topics we can cover!
Runoff is a major source of pollution to our waterways. Each one of us, whether we know it or not, can contribute to water pollution through common activities such as fertilizing the lawn, walking pets, changing motor oil, and littering. With each rainfall, pollutants generated by these and other activities are washed into the storm drains that flow directly into our creeks, streams, and lakes.
Volunteers place storm drain markers on storm drains to remind everyone that, unlike the sanitary sewer, storm drains discharge directly into the city waterways without being treated.
Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) come from meats, butters, lard, food scraps, sauces, dressings, dairy products and cooking oil. When FOG goes down the drain it hardens and causes sewer pipes to clog. This can lead to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) where raw sewage actually backs up into your home, lawn, neighborhood and streets. Not only does this nasty mess cause health issues, it can also run into a nearby stream or river which affects our drinking water.
Disinfectants and stabilizers can be very harmful to critters that live and swim in our creeks. Even water from a pool that has not been treated recently, or is stagnant, can negatively impact the sensitive balance of an aquatic ecosystem already stressed by drought or other urban pollutants.
It is illegal to drain a swimming pool to the alley or street.
When draining a pool, use the home's sewer clean-out.
Some paper products are advertised as 'flushable' but they aren't. Wipes won't decompose ... they get caught up in wastewater pipes, pumps and screens - and that costs money to clear and repair! Please help protect the wastewater system and our environment. Remember, only toilet paper down the toilet!