We All Live Downstream: Stormwater Guidelines

We All Live Downstream: Stormwater Guidelines
Posted on 06/01/2017

Storm water runoff is precipitation from rain and snowmelt that flows over the ground. As it flows, it can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and deposit them in to a storm drain system or body of water.

Anything that enters a storm drain system is discharged (untreated) in to the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water.

To keep the storm water clean, follow these simple guidelines: 

-Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly. Brush or blow away any excess back onto landscaped areas;

-Repair auto leaks;

-Clean up after your pet; 

-Dispose of household hazardous waste, used auto fluids (antifreeze, oil, etc..) and batteries at designated locations;

-Use a commercial car wash or wash your car on a lawn or other unpaved surface;

-Sweep up yard debris rather than hosing down areas. Compost or recycle yard waste when possible;

-Clean Latex paint brushes in a sink, not outdoors. Clean-oil based paint brushes in a container and dispose of solvent as household hazardous waste;

-Sweep up and properly dispose of construction debris like concrete and mortar.

For information on properly disposing of household hazardous wastes you can contact the Salt Lake County Household Hazardous Waste Program at 385-468-3862. 

REMEMBER: “Only Rain Down the Drain.”