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Posted on: November 8, 2023

Code Enforcement Corner -- Protecting the Water Supply

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Code Enforcement Corner -- Mount Airy Police Department - MD
Reminders from the Code Enforcement Specialist 
Water is a precious resource!
Many of us take clean drinking water for granted. However, water is a resource that needs to be protected and conserved if we wish to have a continuous supply.  
We need your help to protect our water supply and waterways. We would like to remind everyone that debris and waste that is placed, thrown, or blown into the street will eventually end up in our storm drains and waterways. This includes but is not limited to grass, leaves, animal waste, oils and solvents and driveway salt. Our Public Works crews work diligently to remove debris from our roadways in a timely manner by street sweeping, leaf collection and other activities. But they cannot do it alone. We need your help! 
Town Code 96-13 states:
Owners of lots abutting upon streets, avenues, or alleys or upon public parking or other public space, in the Town and which are above grade, shall protect such lots so as to prevent dirt, sand or gravel or any bushes, trees or like thing from falling or being washed upon the sidewalks, streets, alleyways or other public space adjacent to the same.
Owners or occupants of lots abutting upon streets or sidewalks, and those undertaking lawn or yard cleanup, lawn cutting or maintenance on such lots, shall refrain from blowing, tracking or otherwise depositing grass clippings or other yard waste onto sidewalks, roads, or gutters without removing same within at least four hours.
[Added 3-4-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-1]
So please:
* Do not blow or sweep grass, leaves or other debris into the street. 
* Do not pour motor oil or other solvents into our streets or storm drains. 
* Place animal feces in the trash, do not throw animal feces into any street or storm drain. 
* Wash your vehicle in a grassy area where cleaners and solvents can be absorbed by the grass. 
* Use as little salt as possible to de-ice walks and driveways. 
We must all work together to protect our waterways and assure that our Town will continue to have safe drinking water. Voluntary compliance is our goal, and your cooperation is essential.

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