Septic System & Stormwater Information
Please follow the below links for helpful information regarding Septic systems and the potential to pollute stormwater: Courtesy of the Metro North Georgia Water Planning District:
How Does Stormwater Pollution Occur?
A watershed is all the land area that drains into a stream, river, lake or other body of water. Stormwater runoff – rainfall that does not soak into the ground, but instead flows over the land into these surface waters – is important to replenish our water supply, but can also harm our watersheds if pollutants are collected along the way.
Stormwater runoff occurs naturally, but as development and the amount of impervious surface such as rooftops, roads and parking lots increase in a watershed, the natural capacity of the soil and vegetation to filter and take up rainfall decreases, and more rainfall becomes stormwater runoff. This can produce negative impacts such as erosion, flooding and contamination of our water.
Stormwater pollution can make monitoring and treatment of our drinking water more difficult and costly, especially in metropolitan North Georgia where almost all of our drinking water comes from surface water. In addition, stormwater can affect the health of the aquatic ecosystem and make streams, rivers and lakes unsafe for swimming, fishing or other recreational uses.