Ways to Reduce Storm Water Pollution

Ways to Reduce Storm Water Pollution

  • Check your vehicle for fuel and oil leaks. Repair those leaks.
  • Leave grass clippings on your lawn as an alternate nutrient to fertilizer or use zero phosphorus fertilizer. Limit use of pesticides.
  • Dispose of pet waste in trash cans.
  • Wash your car on the lawn so water, dirt and chemicals are filtered through the lawn. Or go to a car wash (where the water is treated).
  • Landscape for water quality by planting trees and raingardens. Also, use native plantings in your home's landscape. They are best suited for Michigan's climate.
  • Inspect and pump your septic system every three years.
  • Nothing but rain down the drain! Only rain or snow melt should go into storm drains. Never dump oil, trash, paint, etc. down a storm drain. Use Kent County's Household Hazardous Waste Program (ph. 336-2570 or 1-888-217-2850).
  • Decrease the amount of impervious surfaces such as parking lots, driveways, or roofs.
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