Press release from the City of Hendersonville:
There is a new water quality hero in town, and they are helping protect our waterways with each and every mile they travel. For City of Four Seasons residents, the City of Hendersonville street sweeper is cleaning up debris on a street near you.
“Street sweeping is a city service that provides a number of benefits, including significantly reducing the amount of toxic inputs found in urban stormwater runoff,” said Stormwater Administrator Michael Huffman. “Things like oil, grease, brake dust, trash, dirt and leaves all become pollutants when picked up by stormwater runoff and carried to the nearest stream or creek.”
The new street sweeper started traveling Hendersonville’s thoroughfares in the summer of 2019 and runs every Monday–Friday. The Public Works and Stormwater Departments recently collaborated to install a graphic wrap on the apparatus to raise awareness about the City’s Stormwater Program and Stormwater hotline.
Residents can report stormwater issues by calling (828) 697-3013 and find out information about the City’s Stormwater Program at www.hendersonvillenc.gov/stormwater-management.
The City is currently in the process of evaluating and updating its stormwater utility structure. The stormwater utility is the revenue stream responsible for funding equipment like the street sweeper, as well as managing and maintaining the public stormwater drainage system in addition to other state and federally mandated priorities. As the City grows and the infrastructure continues to age, a greater demand is being placed on the stormwater program. A rate study is underway to evaluate program needs, engage with customers, and set the utility up to be able to fund future capital improvements and investments in the stormwater system.
“The new street sweeper will help the City of Hendersonville reduce the pollutant loads from city streets,” said Michael Huffman. “This piece of equipment is keeping our streams clean one mile at a time!”