Stormwater tips can be incorporated into daily life in order to ensure that the Town of Apex remains compliant with their NPDES Phase II permit.
On average, Apex receives over 3 inches of rain each month. The clay soils found in the area contribute to wet yards since those soils hold water and are not well-drained. Citizens and homeowners are encouraged to:
When washing your car, use a shutoff nozzle on your hose and use detergents and water sparingly. Try to wash your car on the lawn where water can soak into the ground.
Steps should be taken to prevent sediment from leaving your property during any landscaping or construction activities performed. The best way to stabilize your yard and prevent soil loss is to establish vegetation through seeding and straw application. You may need to cover soil stockpiles or in some cases install a silt fence.
February is the time to consider pre-emergent weed control applications. Remember not to apply chemicals before heavy rains that would wash those newly applied chemicals into our streams and lakes. Help protect our water resources by always applying lawn chemicals during dry periods.
When raking your leaves to the curb for yard waste collection, be sure to keep them out of the road and away from storm drains and streams.
These non-stormwater materials can clog drains and pipes, leading to flooding and water quality impairment. Town ordinances allow only rainwater in storm drains. Per the Yard Waste ordinance, all yard waste set at the curb for pick-up shall be placed 10 feet or more away from storm drain inlets. This 10 foot space reduces the likelihood that yard waste will flow to (and potentially clog) the town stormwater system.
Pet waste is a health hazard and a potential surface water pollutant. Do not leave pet waste on:
Use a bag to pick up pet waste, tie it, and place in the trash.
For more information on any of these ideas, please contact Stormwater staff at (919) 362-8166.