Stormwater hits home! Your everyday household activities can have a huge impact on stormwater quality and the environment. A few examples of everyday household activities which may contribute to stormwater pollution are vehicle maintenance (e.g. vehicle leaks, oil change, etc.), vehicle washing, pool backwashing/draining, lawn maintenance (e.g. use of fertilizers/pesticides, yard waste) and pet waste. However, by using some Best Management Practices (BMPs), you too can help prevent stormwater pollution.

Here are some BMPs for household activities which can help prevent stormwater pollution:

  • ESDSW049_householdchemicals2b.jpgDispose of used automobile fluids at your local garage, automotive store or at a household hazardous waste collection event.
  • Dispose of household hazardous waste properly (local household hazardous waste event).
  • Use drip pans to collect automobile leaks and spills.
  • Use your sanitary sewer cleanout when backwashing or draining your pool. Do not drain pool water to the street.
  • Apply fertilizer/pesticides sparingly and never apply when rain or wind are in the weather forecast.
  • Pick up pet waste from yard, bag and tie, and dispose of properly.
Properly maintained pool. Improper pool discharge to the street.Proper pool discharge to the sanitary sewer clean out.

For additional tips, please see the following brochures:

Remember, we all need to do our part to help prevent stormwater pollution.