Chilliwack – The City of Chilliwack has put out the call for volunteers to assist in their storm drain marking program.
Water that flows into storm drains empties directly into groundwater resources and the local waterways. You can help raise awareness about the impact of polluting storm drains by volunteering in the Storm Drain Marking Program: chilliwack.com/storm.
Volunteer groups can help raise public awareness about the impacts of polluting storm drains by participating in the Storm Drain Marking Program. In Chilliwack, there are two types of volunteer storm drain marking:
1) Storm Drain Marking with blue faucets
In some areas of the city, particularly south of Highway 1, storm drains flow into the ground, where the water percolates through the soil and into the groundwater. Since Chilliwack’s drinking water comes from a groundwater source, the Sardis-Vedder Aquifer, contaminated stormwater could affect the quality of our drinking water. As such, in this part of the city, storm drains are being marked with a blue faucet symbol.
2) Storm Drain Marking with yellow fish
In some areas of the city, particularly north of Highway 1, storm drains flow into ditches or streams and can impact fish and fish habitat. As such, in this part of the city, storm drains are being marked with a yellow fish symbol.
Contact the City’s Engineering Department at 604.793.2907 to borrow one of the Storm Drain Marking kits.
Storm Drain Marking with Red and Yellow Squares
There are some storm drains that City crews mark with red and yellow squares. The red and yellow markers tell firefighters and flushing crews that chlorine can go down that drain. If there is a fire and there is no marking (only one in 10 have this) they must cover the basin as chlorine cannot go into the river.