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In addition, the rain picks up large and small pieces of pollution off of the ground and carries it to the system outflows (our creeks and marshes). We are now tasked to prevent pollution from occurring or capture the pollution and treat the water before it leaves our system.
These operations require funding. Collectively all property owners in the town pay a small fee to maintain the larger municipal system.
Generally our sinkholes are isolated to an area right next to the pipe. These holes are usually only a few fee wide and deep, unlike sinkholes in Florida that are caused by limestone erosion. Areas of concern should be reported for investigation and routing the the right agency.
The easement owner has the right to enter your property to inspect their system and perform maintenance of their system. Certain restrictions may prohibit property owners from building in these areas or restrict landscaping or fence placement. If the area needs to be dug up - the easement owner does not have to replace anything that the property owner puts in that area.
If the ditch is collapsing, or has filled in with dirt the problem can be reported to the town. Staff will investigate and determine which agency owns the ditch and submit a service request for he property owner. Generally the repair work consists of digging out the ditch to the correct depth.
New systems installed since September 2007 are required to conduct annual inspections, conduct routine maintenance and submit an annual report to the town's water quality staff.
The town provides only a limited amount of sandbags on a first come first serve basis - only if a hurricane is forecasted for our area. W will place pallets of bags out a several locations around town 48 hours prior to landfall. We cannot guarantee that bags will be available to specific homes and we do not offer delivery or pick-up services.
Help protect our local waterways from pollution - Make sure oil and gas oil mixtures never go down the storm drain!
If you are draining the de-chlorinated water from the pool (not the filter backwash) - this can be sent to the public storm drain - try to avoid pumping right before, during, or after rain events!