The City of Lakeland Lakes & Stormwater Division is pleased to introduce new 2013 street sweeper messages that use eye-catching graphics to help educate the community about water pollution prevention.
Rick Lilyquist, Director of Public Works said, “The City operates six street sweepers that maintain 551 lane miles of curbed street. Over the past year, the machines cleaned the equivalent of 18,787 miles of street and 2,555 tons of debris was collected prior to entering the City’s storm sewer system.” He added, “City street sweepers keep debris and litter from entering area lakes and we use messages on the large machines to help educate the public.”
The large-scale vinyl wraps ask citizens to help protect Lakeland’s water bodies. One way is by sweeping grass clippings back into the yard after mowing. This ensures clippings don’t travel down storm drains and end up as sediment in area lakes, causing nutrient and oxygen problems.
The street sweeper educational graphics also ask citizens to pick up their pet waste and dispose of it properly because pet waste can carry harmful bacteria that will pollute the water. All vinyl wraps include the City’s Stormwater Hotline (863/834-3300) so citizens can report any issues that are negatively impacting water quality.
The street sweeper public outreach campaign is funded by the Stormwater Utility. The Stormwater Utility fee helps with educational programs related to water pollution prevention and pays for various capital improvement projects designed to protect and enhance Lakeland’s water bodies. For more information call the Pollution Hotline at (863)834-3300.