Water conservation helps protect stream flows and water quality.
- Fix leaky faucets, toilets and hoses.
- Clean downspouts and gutters by hand instead of using a hose.
- If you’re due to replace appliances, use ultra-low-flush toilets or tumble-action clothes washers.
- Instead of using a hose, sweep sidewalks and driveways and compost sweepings or put them in the garbage.
Stormwater runoff from roadways, driveways and other hard surfaces can pollute and alter stream habitats.
- Disconnect downspouts that run stormwater to streets and streams.
- Build a rain garden or catching water with rain barrels or a cistern.
- Use automatic car washes or wash your car on grass.
- Maintain vehicles to eliminate leaks.
- Ask for alternatives to copper brake pads and lead tire weights.
- Take oil or other toxic substances to safe disposal and recycling facilities.
- Use sand, kitty litter or other absorbent materials to cover small oil or chemical spills, then collect and properly dispose of these materials.
- Visit the Kitsap Surface and Stormwater Program’s tips (www.kitsapgov.com/sswm/tips.htm) for even more ways to help
Yard and Home Care
- Pick up pet waste and put it in the garbage.
- Maintain your septic system.
- Control invasive weeds and consider native alternatives in landscaping.
- Remove weeds manually.
- If you use fertilizers and pesticides, follow directions and use sparingly