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Tips To Protect Your Watershed

Friday, May. 29, 2009

1.  Use a rain barrel to capture water from your downspout and use this water for your lawn and garden.

2.  Use a broom to clean your driveway, not your garden hose.

3.  Plant native plants and grasses that are heat and drought resistant and require less water and care and are cheaper to maintain.

4.  Take care when refuelling gas tanks and avoid spilling fuel onto the ground. 

5.  Clean up pet waste which contains nutrients and pathogens that can run into storm drains or open wells during a rain storm.

6.  Prevent pollutants from entering into runoff by reducing or eliminating the use of pesticides and fertilizers and by not over watering your lawn. 

7.  Take your car to commercial car washes, an automated car wash uses 50% less water than washing you car in your driveway, and soap and pollutants are prevented from entering into storm sewers.

8.  Use sand instead of road salt to de-ice your walkway and driveway during the winter.

9.  Take shorter showers, a ten-minute shower can use up to 300 litres of water.  Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth.

10.  Dispose of hazardous waste properly.  Take any household chemicals such as paint, cleaners, pesticides, and medical prescriptions to your local hazardous waste facility.  Use non-toxic products for cleaning and environmentally friendly soaps, shampoos, and personal health care products.

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