How to protect drinking water from stormwater pollution

By Anna Norris

August 20, 2014 Updated Aug 20, 2014 at 7:33 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A meeting was held to inform the public on what they can do to protect their drinking water from pollution.

The Discovery Center in Binghamton hosted the event Wednesday afternoon.

The Broome-Tioga Stormwater Coalition (BTSC) said snow-melt and stormwater pick up oil, grease, pet waste and other contaminants from the ground and carry them into bodies of water, like the Susquehanna River.

Over time, that impacts drinking water.

The coalition said there are steps people can take to help prevent the pollution.

"Managing your pet waste, making sure you pick that up so that doesn't get down the storm drain. You can make sure you're disposing of your hazardous waste properly because if you store that improperly, it will end up getting into the storm drain when it rains," said Beth Lucas of BTSC.

BTSC consists of 13 local municipalities and multiple organizations.

A new website is available to educate the public on how to protect natural bodies of water.

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