Winter is here and with it, an influx of fall’s debris and clutter of our streets and gutters. This means debris removal is even more important than ever. It ensures streets are clean and safe for cities throughout the Central Valley as well as residential HOAs during the winter months.
The Importance of Debris Removal
Street sweeping is a dirty job, and we’re happy to do it! Here are three reasons why debris removal during the winter months is so important:
Increase in rainfall
Our heaviest rainfall typically occurs during the winter, and with that increase in precipitation comes a potential of increased stormwater pollution. Rainwater often helps carry debris such as trash, leaves, grass clippings, pet waste, pesticides, vehicle fluids (such as antifreeze and used motor oil), paints, and more into our drains and ultimately into our water supply and environment.
One of the best ways to prevent these pollutants from reaching that point is through debris removal by street sweeping, before the rain can wash it into our storm drains and watershed. You can also do your part by ensuring that these waste items are disposed of properly.
With an increase in rainfall also comes an increase in potential flooding. Winter storms often bring about more fallen leaves which can cause significant build up in our storm drains that could result in flooding. Without proper debris removal, the resulting floods can be hazardous for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
In a previous blog we discussed the 3 benefits of street sweeping, with one of those reasons being safety. Winter debris removal can help decrease the rate of vehicle accidents and improve the safety for everyone accessing the streets and sidewalks.
Want to help? You can do your part by checking your city’s street sweeping schedule and set reminders for yourself and your neighbors to keep your cars and trash cans off the street on sweeping days.
Central Valley Sweeping is here to ensure your winter roads are clear and safe for driving. All with the help of our new cutting edge equipment to deal with leaves and winter debris removal. We are a trusted NAPSA certified sweeping company that covers the entire California Central Valley, and one of the premier regional street sweeping contractors in the U.S. We are committed to providing quality, professional cleaning to meet your needs.