Street cleaning removes dirt, debris and other hazards from the road and storm sewer systems. It promotes the health, safety and appearance of our community. The Environmental Protection Agency considers street sweeping a best management practice in protecting water quality. Modern street sweepers are equipped with water tanks and sprayers used to loosen particles and reduce dust. The brooms gather debris into a containment box that glides over the pavement. This debris is vacuumed through a tube and dumped into a collection hopper. New Albany roadways are routinely swept once a month as warm seasonal weather permits. In a given year, city crews collect more than 105 tons of sediment and debris found along the curbed streets to keep our streets neat and tidy.