The Public Works Department is responsible for sweeping the streets within the city's right-of-way. There are approximately 94 road miles to maintain within city limits. The street sweeper runs two to three days per week in the spring and summer covering as many lane miles as possible normally. Our downtown areas as well as our higher traffic roadways will receive more attention as these accumulate debris quicker than local or cul-de-sac streets. We sweep arterial and collector streets twice per month, the downtown area two times per week, and residential streets at least six times per year.
Protection of the Aquifer from Potential Contaminates
Our sweeper plays an important role in the protection of the aquifer from potential contaminates. Our city relies on an intricate system of leaching wells throughout our town to dissipate stormwater. Trenton has little to no storm sewers emptying to the river. Over 95% of our stormwater is handled on-site by the use of leaching wells. This is why we work diligently with street sweeping throughout the year to minimize the amount of these contaminants that enter these leaching wells and diminish their ability to dissipate stormwater.
Reducing Health Hazards
In addition to keeping the streets clean, sweeping reduces health hazards by ensuring trash doesn't accumulate and become a harborage for insects and rodents.
Our sweeper will also respond to special requests for immediate pickup of debris creating traffic problems, such as broken glass, loose stone, mud, etc - please call 513-988-6304, ext. 150 and ask for Sharon
Leaching well is basically made up of three barrel sections of large concrete storm pipe, each section measuring 6 feet wide by 3 feet tall, stacked on end in the ground to an average depth of 10 to 14 feet. There are holes in these pipes that allow rainwater to escape into the surrounding large rock and finally entering into the ground. These structures work very well with our gravel soil types until debris starts to accumulate in them. Debris such as the following are items that enter the leaching well and are very difficult to cleanout:
- Grass Clippings
- Motor Oil
- Trash, Etc.
How You Can Assist the Street Sweeping Program
As a resident, you can help us by refraining from blowing your grass clippings into the street. Simply blow them back into your yard or sweep them up and dispose of them properly.