Help us protect the environment by watching for pollutants in the stormwater system

Help keep our drinking water safe from pollution by reporting violators. If you see someone polluting our waterways please call our emergency number 512-327-6243.

Here are some easy simple steps to help prevent stormwater pollution:

1) Make sure to follow the directions and application rates when applying fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals to your lawn or around the house. If you apply too much, water runoff will wash the chemicals into local waterways.

2) Don’t blow leaves into the street when mowing or trimming. Lawn clipping will clog local storm drains and also pollute local waterways.

3) Conserve water by turning off the tap when running water is not necessary. This helps prevent water shortages and reduces the amount of contaminated water that needs treatment.

4) Be careful about what you flush down your sink or toilet. Don’t throw paints, oils or other forms of litter down the drain.

5) Use environmentally safe household products, such as washing powder, household cleaning agents and toiletries.

6) By having more plants in your garden you are preventing fertilizer, pesticides and contaminated water from running off into nearby water sources.

7) Don’t throw litter into rivers, lakes or oceans. Help clean up any litter you see on our trails and local parks, make sure it is safe to collect the litter and put it in a nearby trash receptacle.

posted: Monday, June 27, 2011