The majority of the general public does not realise that storm drain systems are a separate system from the wastewater system that handles household by-products. Unlike the waste water system, storm drains carry everything that enters them to the nearest water source. Therefore anything put into the drain will end up in a nearest water body.
Our streams, rivers, creeks, lakes and oceans are being contaminated with plastics, glass, cleaning agents, waste oils and other petroleum based products among many other pollutants, turning them uninhabitable for creatures that live in the water, and unfit for human consumption and swimming. Only 2.5% of the earth’s water is fresh, and 98.8% of that fresh water is inaccessible to us; therefore we must do everything possible to preserve this precious commodity.
Fish on Drains are here to remind and educate people that we must take action today to prevent further contamination of our waterways.
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Ophelia Booth, at front, attaches a bright blue fish to a drain in Clyde Street last week, while the rest of the fishy drains crew look on; from left, Diana Booth, Brett Gibson, Councillor Rabbit Nottage and Phil Gerbault. Cr Rabbit instigated the ‘Mountains to Sea’ drains label project, to encourage people to keep the drains free of contaminants. “We want to make people aware that what goes into the drains goes into our streams, then into rivers and then into the sea.”
It's World Ocean Day and the children at Springlands School in Blenheim are celebrating by challenging the town to keep its drains cleaner.The school's Fish on Drains project started last year, when they fixed a plastic blue fish above a stormwater drain, reminding people not to pollute the waterways.