Keep your butts in the car. Don't throw
cigarette butts or any litter on the road. These pollutants will
float and end up in creeks, rivers or ponds
Mow high, mow often, and leave the clippings.
Remove yard waste from driveways and sidewalks and put it in the
compost, trash or your own backyard. Use leaves and yard waste for
compost, don't hose or sweep them into the gutter. Recycle the
compost as fertilizer for your lawn or garden.
Don't fertilize your creek. Use garden
fertilizers, pesticides and chemicals properly and never near
drains and natural waterways. Especially avoid using them in windy
conditions or when rain is forecast. Consider organic options and
dispose of excess chemicals at the next household pollution
Practice Good Car Care: Save Money. Save the
Environment. A program of routine maintenance can help your car run
better so you save on fuel and major repair costs. There's one more
important benefit: good car care prevents water and air pollution.
Fix oil and radiator leaks in your car so that these substances
don't wash into our waterways. Never pour used oil or antifreeze in
the storm sewer. Wash your car on the lawn, not in the street or
driveway where detergents and grime can go down the stormwater
drains. Consider using a commercial car wash, which recycles water
and directs wastewater to the sanitary sewer.
Water Pollution Stinks. Keep your Septic System
Clean. Ensure your septic tank is cleaned of sludge at least every
three years and is working properly. Have it checked regularly by
Clean up after your pooch. Take a plastic bag
or pooper-scooper along on your walk and pick up your dog's
droppings. What should you do with the pet waste that you pick up?
You may flush it down the toilet, bury it in the yard (don't add it
to your compost pile) or put it in a sealed bag in the trash.
Sediment hammers our stream beds. Make sure
sand and other building materials are kept away from stormwater
drains and gutters. If you spot a blocked drain or notice illegal
dumping, call the Customer Care Center at (918) 596-2100, and an
inspector will investigate. Putting foreign substances into the
storm sewer is a violation of City ordinance.
Pool chemicals can kill wildlife. Pool
chemicals are designed to kill organic matter in pools. It has the
same effect on organisms in local streams. Make sure swimming
pools are backwashed into the sanitary sewer or onto a grassy area,
but never into the storm sewer or streams.
Dispose of household chemicals (oil, paint, wastewater)
properly. Don't pour used oils, paint, wastewater or other
waste down a stormwater drain or gutter. Dispose of household
hazardous waste at recycling locations or during collection
Storm drains are for rain. The storm sewer is
for storm water only, if you see the disposal of anything other
than storm water into the storm sewer contact the Customer Care
Center at (918) 596-2100.