Only Rain Down the Drain

Overview

Stormwater runoff is precipitation from rain or snowmelt that flows over the ground. As it flows, it can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants and deposit them into a storm sewer system or water-body.

Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the water-bodies we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water.

Guidelines

To keep the stormwater leaving your home or workplace clean, follow these simple guidelines provided for May, 2007:

  • Clean paint brushes in a sink, not outdoors. Properly dispose of excess paints through a household hazardous waste collection program.
  • Clean up after your pet
  • Dispose of household hazardous waste, used auto fluids (antifreeze, oil, etc.) and batteries at designated collection or recycling locations
  • Repair auto leaks
  • Sweep up and properly dispose of construction debris like concrete and mortar
  • Sweep up yard debris rather than hosing down areas. Compost or recycle yard waste when possible
  • Use a commercial car wash or wash your car on lawn or other unpaved surface.
  • Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly

Additional Information

Please visit the EPA website for more information.