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What can be done to avoid stormwater pollution?
• Don't litter
• Don't dump anything except water into a storm drain
• Take all unwanted paint, chemicals, cleaners, fuels, pesticides and hazardous waste to the appropriate Household Hazardous Waste Facility
• Never pour household products such as cleansers, beauty products, used motor oil and other auto fluids, paint, lawn care or household chemicals on the ground or in a storm drain
• Do not pour any of the products listed above down the sink or flush them down the toilet.
• Use non-toxic alternatives to home cleaning chemicals
• Do not buy more household cleaner or other chemicals than you need for a particular job
• Read and follow directions on the use of household chemicals and disposal of containers
• Sweep driveways and patios clean instead of hosing them down
• Check for leaky faucets and turn off the water when brushing teeth to conserve water
• Buy products with less packaging whenever possible
• Clean up after your pet before it rains
• Adequately contain curbside trash so it doesn't leak, fall over or blow around
• Preserve established trees in the yard and neighborhood
• Don't overuse fertilizers and pesticides if you choose to use them
• Plant trees, shrubs and ground covers that filter pollutants and reduce stormwater runoff
• Do not cut the grass too short; adjust the lawnmower to the proper height to reduce runoff from laws
• Plant native vegetation and or plants that require little or no fertilizer
• Do not overwater plants and lawn. Make sure water doesn't wash over streets and sidewalks
• Recycle yard debris, or use it to make compost, instead of raking it into streets where it can wash into storm sewers
• Repair vehicle or equipment leaks
• Recycle used motor oil
• When washing the car, park it on the grass instead of in the driveway or go use a covered carwash station