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A clean sweep

It’s that time of year again—spring is here and it’s time to sweep up the last remnants of winter. Street Maintenance is about to start its annual street-cleaning program to rid streets of dirt, sand and debris. 

Street sweeping is part of the City’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program. It beautifies the city and prevents pollution in local bodies of water because it stops debris from entering the stormwater system. 

A clean sweep of all 342 miles of Bloomington streets takes four to six weeks. Street sweeping is also a bargain for homeowners. Owners of single-family, median-valued homes in Bloomington pay 93 cents each month out of their stormwater utility bill for two street sweepings. 

To see when your street will be swept, visit the City’s website at blm.mn/sweep. Do not rake leaves or grass clippings into the street. They are a major source of pollutants for area waterbodies and can clog pipes, which leads to backups or flooding.