Lexington County adding no-dumping signs on storm drains

tflach@thestate.comSeptember 2, 2013 

More no-dumping signs will be placed on stormwater drains on roads in Lexington County neighborhoods in coming weeks.

It’s a small-scale attempt to help keep streams clean by discouraging residents from putting in used motor oil, antifreeze and other materials that can pollute the water.

The effort is the first major promotion of the message in the 720-square-mile county, although scattered placement has occurred through civic groups and officials in some of the 14 county municipalities.

No one is sure how many signs are in place and how many drains need them. A count is planned as part of the new push.

It’s a month-long effort to spread the word about problems that dumping causes, county environmental coordinator Synithia Williams said.

The focus will be on installing the silver dollar-sized markers on drains emptying into Congaree Creek in the Cayce area, Kinley Creek in the Irmo area and Twelve Mile Creek in the Lexington area. All are major streams with pollution problems, Williams said.

Putting in the signs is a simple but effective way to keep contamination out of streams, Irmo Mayor Hardy King said. “People need to know they shouldn’t be doing this,” he said.

The markers on 7,500 such drains in neighboring Richland County are “friendly reminders” that such deposits damage water quality, county spokeswoman Beverly Harris said.

It is helping making streams cleaner, although no measure of its impact is known, she said.

Reach Flach at (803) 771-8483.

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