Daily Activities and Their Effect on Water Quality

Here are some of the basic ideas behind daily awareness. Please view the following set of fact sheets from the Rhode Island Stormwater Solution's "Know Where It Goes" program:

Yard Care

  • Divert rooftop runoff to a rain barrel or onto the lawn where it can soak into the soil rather than go down the storm drain.
  • Never dump, wash, or rake anything into a storm drain.
  • Reduce the amount of fertilizers and pesticides that you apply to your lawn.
  • Sweep spilled fertilizers, grass clippings, and soil off sidewalks and driveways and back onto the lawn. Sweep, don't hose, the driveway.

Home Care

  • Never put hazardous household wastes (paint, paint thinner, oven cleaners, etc.) down storm drains, or indoor drains. Call the Eco Depot at 401-942-1430, ext. 241.
  • If you have a septic system, have it inspected annually, and have it pumped at least every three to five years.

Auto Care

  • If you change your own motor oil, recycle the used oil.
  • Wash your vehicle at a designated car wash or on grass, not in the driveway.

Pet Care

  • Scoop your dog's poop and throw it in the trash.
  • Don't feed waterfowl.