Did you Know?

As you drive or walk through your neighborhood, think of all the things you see lying on the streets. You will probably see things like litter, bottle caps, and cut grass or leaves. All of these items have the potential to wash down the storm drain during the next rainfall. Now think about all the other items that aren’t as easy to see that can also wash down the storm drains. These could be chemicals like pesticides or fertilizers from your lawn, oil and other automobile fluids and cleaners from driveways and parking lots, and pet wastes. All of these can be carried directly into our creeks, rivers and lakes, contaminating the water and causing problems for plants and -animals. Stormwater is not treated at a wastewater treatment facility, so it is our responsibility to see that these potential pollutants do not enter the storm drains from the start.
  1. Washing Your Car
  2. Household Chemicals
  3. Fertilizers & Pesticides
  4. Pet Waste
If possible, move your vehicle onto the grass before you start washing. The grass in the yard will soak up the water and filter out oil and other grime that you are washing away. Commercial carwashes are also a good option as water from these businesses flow to a wastewater treatment facility to be cleaned before being released back into local streams.