MCALLEN, Texas – Earlier this year a storm water ordinance was approved by McAllen City Commissioners. It aims to protect water quality by reducing pollutants discharged into the drainage system by residents, businesses and constructions sites.
Dalilah Martinez, McAllen Public Works, “Right now, we are doing the educational portion. To get information to the public, the community, our residents, business owners.”
The McAllen Public Works Department has even created a campaign to promote the importance of the ordinance called “Only Rain Down the Drain”.
“Everything that we collect in our storm drain system goes underground system to our watershed. The Arroyo Colorado and Laguna Madre. That’s why it’s important to keep the water shed healthy.” Said Martinez.
The campaign is asking residents to clean up grass clippings, leaves, bacteria including pet waste, construction debris and any other pollutants and chemicals which may be harmful to the water system. Officials add fines up to $500 will soon be issued to those who violate the ordinance.
Martinez adds, “If our code enforcement officers are out there patrolling and they see you blowing grass clippings into the street or those leaves into the street, or your closest storm drain inlet, you will be given a citation.”
Enforcement of the Watershed Ordinance will begin Jan. 2, 2020. Officials say if you have any questions about the ordinance contact McAllen Public Works at 956-681-3111.