City of Sioux Falls aims to use art to raise water quality awareness

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - The City of Sioux Falls is continuing an art project that aims to raise awareness about water quality issues for the Big Sioux River.

For the third year in a row, storm water inlets around downtown Sioux Falls will be painted for local artists to draw attention to the city's storm drainage system.

Sioux Falls Sustainability Coordinator Jessica Sexe says many believe the misconception that the water that flows into storm drains goes into the city's sanitary sewer system and gets treated.

That is not the case.

Water that flows down the storm drains lead directly to the Big Sioux River.

The inlet art project aims to make more residents aware of this so people spread less litter that might end up in waterways.

City officials asked for volunteer artists to paint more inlets in April. Five new downtown inlets will be painted later this week.

You can find a map with storm inlet paintings, as well as more information about the project, here.