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The City of Arkansas City strives to provide a high quality of life for its citizens by furnishing a variety of efficient services in a professional, courteous manner.

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Impacts of some common storm water pollutants:

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Trash and Litter:

  • Litter that reaches creeks and streams can choke or suffocate birds or fish.
  • Litter may also clog the storm drain system, leading to street flooding.
What can citizens do about storm water?

  • Don’t litter or dump trash illegally
  • Never dump oils or chemicals into catch basins
  • Check your vehicle for leaks that may be running onto pavement
  • Use non-toxic, phosphate free, biodegradable cleaners when washing cars and boats-or go to a carwash
  • Avoid using chemicals on your lawn
  • Plant bare and graded areas to reduce erosion
  • Clean up after your pet
  • Check you plumbing and or septic tank to make sure they are not leaking or discharging into storm drains
  • Use water based paints, look for products labeled “latex” or “cleans with water”
  • Water your lawn early in the morning, sprinkler should be left on long enough to allow water to soak in but not run-off.
  • Never dispose of cement washout or concrete dust into driveways, streets, gutters or storm drains
  • Educate yourself and your family on additional tips
Bacteria and disease causing organisms:

  • These organisms can cause health hazards for animals and people.
Chemicals and oil: 

  • Aquatic animals may be poisoned by chemicals and oils.  People can also be at risk if they eat contaminated fish or drink polluted water.
Nutrients:

  • Nutrients from fertilizers or detergents can cause algae to grow in water.  This algae uses up oxygen that native organisms uses.