Residential Storm Water

We ask each citizen to be aware of how they could be contributing to residential storm water:

  • Pet waste left on the ground gets carried away by storm water, contributing harmful bacteria, parasites and viruses to our river. Please clean up after your pet.
  • Vehicle fluids such as oil, gas and antifreeze are the #1 surface water quality problems nationwide.Recycle used oil in a clean, sealed, plastic container. Catch any leaking automotive fluids under vehicles.
  • Hosing off pavements washes pollutants into storm drains. Sweeping or blowing is preferred.
  • Detergents and chemicals from washing vehicles on driveways and other hard surfaces. Wash vehicles on grass, vegetated area, or a specified car washing facility to prevent these pollutants from being discharged into the storm drain system.
  • Deliver old paint, pesticides, solvents and batteries to any of the available hazardous waste drop off facilities.
  • Yard waste such as grass clippings, tree trimmings and leaves can be composted and used for fertilizer around the yard.
  • Pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers used for lawn care. Following manufacturer’s recommendations maximizes the effectiveness of products while simultaneously minimizing the amount of product required. Sweep or blow remaining products off the street and sidewalks back onto the lawn. Keep products in a sealed container in a covered storage facility to prevent these products from being in contact with rain and snow.
  • Chlorinated water from swimming pools. Drain all pool water into the sanitary sewer system to prevent these chemicals from entering into the storm drain system.
  • Waste and processed water of any type must be discharged to the sanitary sewer.Discharge of wastewater to the ground or storm drains is prohibited.
  • Salt or other deicing materials. Following manufacturer’s recommendations maximizes the effectiveness of these products while simultaneously minimizing the amount of product required. Keep products in a sealed container in a covered storage facility to prevent these products from being in contact with rain and snow.