Many of our storm sewers lead directly to Lake Michigan, the Manitowoc and Little Manitowoc River, and Silver Creek. So it is important to remember that anything that is put in the street is ultimately going to end up in the lake or river. A cleaner street means a cleaner river, a cleaner lake and a cleaner drinking water source.
In an effort to reduce the amount of material that enters the storm sewers and ultimately our waterways, to keep the streets clean, and to cost effectively meet the WDNR's Municipal Storm Water Permit Requirements, the City has a street sweeping program and parking ban.
The City Public Works Department begins street sweeping around April 1st of every year, weather permitting. The City currently has two high-efficiency vacuum sweepers that sweep almost the entire City in one week. However, this varies in spring and fall when there is a larger amount of material (sand and leaves) in the street.
The City removes over 3,000 cubic yards of street sweepings from our streets each year. Help us reduce this amount and help keep our waterways clean by keeping all yard waste and other debris out of the street.
In April 2009, the Common Council adopted parking restrictions for street sweeping (10.1015) in an effort to comply with the City's Municipal Storm Water Discharge Permit. The parking restrictions are in effect each year from April 1 through September 30 between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. in the designated districts.
To find out the street sweeping day for your neighborhood, see the district map.