You can easily prevent stormwater
and wastewater pollution by taking some simple steps around your home.
- Be sure all trash and recyclables are in appropriate
bins with lids and/or secured so light-weight items don’t get carried away
by the wind. Trash and bottles and cans can clog storm drains, creating
flooding problems during storm season and, if washed down, can pollute creeks and
- Clean out the garage! Dispose of unused paints,
solvents, and cleaners at your local household hazardous waste collection
facility – never down any indoor or outdoor drain. Use our recycling
location search engine to the left to find nearby locations.
- Never dump unwanted paint or other chemicals down any
indoor or outdoor drain. Use the search engine to the left to find nearby
- Give yourself a break – use a commercial car wash to
avoid runoff. When washing the car yourself, even bio-degradable car wash
soap harms aquatic life before it completely breaks down. Try washing it
on the lawn or over gravel and keep the runoff out of the storm drain.