Reduce Stormwater Contaminants
Stormwater is the water that runs off impervious (water resistant) surfaces such as roofs, roads, driveways and footpaths. In urban areas, runoff goes down drains into stormwater pipes or channels and is carried to rivers, lakes or the sea.
Here’s some tips from Smarter Homes to reduce the levels of contaminants that get into the stormwater system:
- Pick up litter before it can wash into drains.
- Clean your car on the lawn using biodegradable detergent or, even better, take it to a car wash that recycles water and detergent.
- Sweep up leaves and grass clippings and put them on the garden or in the compost instead of hosing them down the drain.
- Pick up your dog’s droppings.
- Never tip paint, oil, thinners, insecticides or other contaminants down a stormwater drain (or any drain). Contact your landfill or paint shop about disposing of leftover paint, or give it to someone else.