HEALTHY HOUSEHOLD HABITS FOR CLEAN WATER
Polluted runoff is the nation's great threat to clean water. As storm water flows over driveways, lawns, and sidewalks, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants. Storm water can flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a stream, river, lake, or wetland. Anything that enters the storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water.
By practicing healthy household habits, homeowners can keep common pollutants like pesticides, grass clippings, and automotive fluids off the ground and out of storm water. Adopt these healthy household habits and help protect rivers, wetlands, and lakes. Remember to share the habits with your neighbors!
Vehicle and Garage
|Wash your car on the lawn or other unpaved surface to minimize dirty, soapy water from flowing into storm drains|
|Check your car, boat, and other machinery and equipment for leaks and spills|
|Recycle used oil and other automotive fluids at participating locations|
|Do not dump chemicals down the storm drain|
Lawn and Garden
|Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly|
|Select native plants and grasses that are drought and pesticide resistant|
|Compost or recycle yard waste|
|Do not over water your lawn. Water during cool times of the day|
|Cover piles of dirt and mulch used during landscaping projects to prevent from blowing or washing off your yard|
|Protect storm drains from debris and other materials|
|Sweep up construction debris such as concrete|
|Use hazardous substances like paints, solvents and cleaners in the smallest amounts possible|
|Purchase and use nontoxic, biodegradable, recycled and recyclable products when possible|
|Clean paint brushes in a sink, not outdoors|
|Reduce the amount of paved area and increase the amount of vegetated area in your yard|
|When walking your pet, remember to pick up pet waste and dispose of it properly|
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