We can perhaps be forgiven for thinking that Perth’s endless summer was never going to come to an end. But end it did at the end of May and its impact will be far reaching as we will discuss.
The sudden influx of rain water into the drains and sewer systems provides a challenge for civil infrastructure, and ultimately our waterways and large bodies of water including lakes, rivers and oceans.
It is not just the amount of water that needs to be channelled quickly, but everything that is carried with it on its journey through the storm water systems into the waterways.
Perhaps the most visible issue is the litter and debris that accumulates on the roads and verges. But there are other gross pollutants that end up being washed into the stormwater system. For example
As the storm water washes through these areas the runoff mixes with dust, soils and plant matter into the drains to mix and tangle with what is already in the storm water systems – which can cause significant blockages and backups and before reaching the larger bodies of water (rivers, lakes and oceans) where their impact can have a devastating effect.
We have mentioned a number of water pollution pathways, but these are not the only ones to consider. For example:
In addition to the gross pollutants (fuel / oils) associated with large pieces of farm machinery, there are other significant pollutants to take into consideration, including:
Industrial pollution is generally referred to the undesirable outcome when factories (or other industrial plants) emits harmful by-products and waste into the environment such as emissions to air or water bodies (water pollution), deposition on landfills etc (land pollution) or emission of toxic chemicals into the atmosphere (air pollution). These pollutants include:
Allied Pumps provides a range of solutions to help counter the devastating effects that storms and pollutants can have on our fragile ecosystem. If you would like to know more about our products and services, please contact us.