As a home and/or business owner, we need your help to prevent pollution. In urban areas like Arlington, much of the land is covered by impervious surfaces such as streets, buildings and parking lots. During storms, these impervious surfaces prevent rainfall from soaking into the soil. Rainwater runs off these hard surfaces and picks up pollutants like trash, oil, pet waste and lawn chemicals, carrying them into local streams.
- If you hire a contractor to do painting, concrete or other work around your home, make sure the contractor doesn’t wash equipment or dump materials in the gutter or storm drain.
- Don’t put fats, oil or grease down your sink drain. They can clog the drain and cause a sewage backup or overflow. Here are some additional tips for taking care of the sewer.
- Never dump anything down a storm sewer! The water that runs into storm sewers goes directly into our local streams. If you have household hazardous materials that you need to get rid of, you can dispose of it through the Household Hazardous Materials Program. Businesses should dispose of chemicals, oil, paint and other hazardous materials using a hazardous materials removal service.
- Wash your car on the grass so the soapy water doesn’t run directly onto the pavement and into the storm drain. Or take your car to a car wash that recycles the wash water.
- For your business, wash trucks or other equipment at a professional wash facility that will properly dispose of the wash water. Don’t wash trucks or other equipment where wash water will enter the street or a storm drain.
- Businesses that conduct car washing must discharge the car wash runoff into the sanitary sewer, or have a permit from the state to discharge it into the storm sewer system.
- Minimize your use of fertilizers and pesticides on your yard, especially before rain is predicted.
- Pick up after your pet. This helps to keep bacteria out of our streams.
- Disconnect your roof downspouts from storm drains. Place the downspouts so they irrigate your yard or garden, and don’t run into your driveway, sidewalk or street.
- Properly dispose of pool water. Only dechlorinated, pH-neutral, clean water may be slowly discharged to the storm drain system. If you use a pool maintenance service, provide it with a copy of this policy, as you’re responsible for the results of the service’s actions.