Source Water Protection Week
St. Cloud Public Utilities is celebrating the first ever Source Water Protection Week by remembering that the Mississippi River and surrounding watersheds are precious resources that need to be protected for future generations. The City of St. Cloud uses the Mississippi River as it’s source of drinking water provided to over 70,000 customers.
St. Cloud has many programs to protect our invaluable water resources. One of these is the Adopt-a-Drain program. In April 2020, the City of St. Cloud launched the Adopt-a-Drain program which allows residents to adopt storm drains in their neighborhoods. The goal of the Adopt-a-Drain program is to engage residents and business owners in protecting area rivers, lakes, and wetlands by volunteering to keep their adopted storm drains clear of sediment, trash, yard waste and debris.
143 people adopted a total of 266 drains in 2020. Adopters reported an estimated 6,400 pounds of debris collected from local storm drains and disposed of properly!
Keeping storm drains clean protects waterways from polluted stormwater runoff that flows unfiltered from our streets into local waterways.
This is an opportunity for residents to stay connected to their community, become more educated in area water quality, and make a difference protecting source water.
Visit www.adopt-a-drain.org or call Noah Czech at 320-255-7226 for more information.