Be storm ready
Rake, sweep and remove debris from the drain inlets. Leaves plug the drain inlets and cause localized flooding. Pick up leaves and put them in your green waste container for collection by the refuse company.
When washing your car
Use minimal amounts of biodegradable, phosphate-free soap. Wash your car on grass or gravel areas. Put a spray nozzle on your hose to conserve water. Empty any remaining soapy wash water into a sink or toilet or pour it on to landscaped areas. We would highly recommend going to a full- or self-service car wash since these facilities use recycled water.
If painting your house
Choose water based paints over more toxic oil based paints. Use up all the paint before disposing of the can. Let any residual paint air dry in the can and then throw it in the garbage. Wipe off your paint brushes then rinse them in the sink.
Do not rinse your paint equipment in the gutter!
Care for your pets
Pick up pet waste. Bag it and throw it away in your garbage. Bacteria in pet waste can hurt fish in our rivers and streams.
When watering your lawn
Conserve water, do not over water. Apply lawn fertilizers and pesticides sparingly to reduce run off. Use non-toxic pest controls such as ladybugs or insecticidal soaps for aphids. Use grass clippings as compost for your lawn.
When cleaning your driveway
Use an absorbent like kitty litter or sand to soak up oil and antifreeze. Sweep the mixture up. Bag it and throw it in the garbage. Never hose pollutants down your driveway.
Spread the word
Tell your neighbors that helping to maintain clean storm drains helps everyone. Remember –“ONLY RAIN DOWN THE DRAIN!”
Please report any incidents of waste dumping!!!
(925) 516-5405 or (925) 516-5420