Did You Know? Not all water that falls soaks into the ground. As water flows off your property, it can wash pollutants such as soil, lawn chemicals, and pet waste into storm drains which end up in local bodies of water such as the Cooper River, Newton Lake and the Delaware River. Here are some simple tips for preventing polluted runoff:
- Direct gutter downspouts to a rain barrel or vegetation such as rain gardens.
- Wash your automobile at a car wash that recycles and treats water.
- Pick up after your pet and dispose of it in the trash or flush it down the toilet.
- Reduce or eliminate your use of fertilizers and pesticides.
- Don’t empty buckets with cleaning products outside or down a storm drain. Better yet, use environmentally nonhazardous, biodegradable and phosphorous-free cleaning products.
- Never throw trash in a sewer! Not only can it end up in our waterways, but it can clog up the sewer and cause overflow and even more pollution.
- Sweep up dirt and debris and place on your lawn, in the garden or in the trash. Hosing off sidewalks and driveways washes pollutants into storm drains and ultimately our waterways.