Ten ways to reduce water pollution

Help Keep Your Water Clean

  • Sweep grass and dirt off your driveway and back onto the lawn.
  • Never dump anything down the storm drains in the street or in roadside ditches. That includes fertilizer because it causes algae to grow. Algae can form large blooms that are unattractive and use oxygen that the fish need to survive. Anything that goes into a storm drain flows directly to a waterway, not a treatment plant
  • Pick up your pet’s waste and throw it in the trash.
  • Correctly dispose of household waste so they don’t pollute our oceans, rivers, lakes, and streams. Household hazardous waste like batteries and nail polish should not go into the trash. They should go to a household hazardous waste facility. Also, one gallon of motor oil can contaminate two million gallons of water.
  • Wash your family’s car away from the storm drain to keep dirty, soapy water from getting into the street. If possible, wash your car on the lawn. Another good idea is to take your car to the car wash where the dirty water is sent to the sanitary treatment system.
  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn, it actually helps the lawn. Also, mow on a higher setting
  • Make sure that you only water your grass, not the street, sidewalk, or driveway.
  • Recycle.
  • Save water whenever you can. For example take short showers, and do not leave water running when you are brushing your teeth.
  • Don’t pollute. Place trash in the trash can