Your field inlet is the last part of your stormwater facility to trap sediment and pollutants. Maintaining your field inlet, or grated inlet, should be done periodically and can usually be performed with common tools. This helps protect water quality by keeping sediment and pollutants out of the storm sewer system, which usually drains directly to nearby streams.
Where to find it:
Field inlets are usually near the end of a stormwater facility. Look for a large metal grate surrounded by grass.
When to maintain it:
Maintain in late spring and late fall, after leaves have fallen and the weather is dry.
What you'll need:
- work gloves
- containers lined with trash bags
- post-hole digger, shovel and/or wet-dry vacuum
You may need:
has been removed.
Clear debris from grate.
and set aside. CAUTION - grate is heavy.
vacuum to remove sediment.
in the trash. DO NOT put in yard waste cart or
Facilities commonly associated with field inlets: