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How to Prevent Pollution During the Rainy Season

Post Date:01/23/2019 2:58 pm

How to Prevent Pollution During the Rainy Season

As we continue further into the rainy season, it is important to take the necessary steps to prevent unnecessary pollution in our local waterways. Stormwater runoff comes from the places we live, work, shop and recreate, many of our daily activities have a large impact on stormwater quality. Common stormwater pollutants include dirt, pet wastes, yard trimmings, detergents, trace minerals, petroleum products, garbage and paint. Fortunately, there are several simple things we can do to ensure that our actions do not worsen stormwater pollution.

  • Whenever possible use a dry cleaning method, such as sweeping with a broom, to clean outdoor surfaces. This is a clean alternative to hosing down surfaces and will ensure that dirt and other debris is not washed directly into storm drains.
  • Make sure to pick up all pet waste and properly dispose of it in the garbage.
  • Keep your trash container closed when not in use to prevent rainwater fill up.
  • Try to limit the use of pesticides and herbicides and make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Consider using environmentally-friendly alternatives.
  • Take your vehicles to a carwash rather than washing them at home. Carwash facilities will recycle water and have proper drains where wastewater can be diverted and treated. If a vehicle is washed at home, try to use as little water as possible and direct the waste- water into a nearby vegetated area.
  • Maintain your vehicle and check for leaks regularly. If you do notice a leak, try to have it repaired as soon as possible.

By following these simple tips, you can prevent further stormwater pollution and help keep our waterways clean this rainy season!

Want to learn more about preventing stormwater pollution? Visit the City’s Pollution Prevention pages on this website or call the Community Development Department at (714) 229-6752.