What We All Can Do to Prevent Water Pollution
To Protect our Water Quality
- Dispose of dirty carpet cleaning solution down a sink or toilet.
- Clean paint supplies in a utility sink, not onto the street, or storm drain.
- Dispose of animal waste by picking it up, bagging it and placing in garbage.
- Use biodegradable soap when washing exterior walls and windows.
- De-ice with sand instead of salts and chemicals. Sweep up the sand before the next rainstorm.
- Dispose of household hazardous waste properly.
- For information on proper disposal contact the Kootenai County Transfer Station at (208) 446-1430.
- Report Stormwater issues, concerns and illegal dumping.
In our Yards
- Sweep driveway and sidewalk instead of hosing debris into the street or storm drain.
- Compost or recycle yard waste when possible.
- Have soil tested before applying fertilizers.
- Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly.
- Clean tools over grass or soil covered area where wash water will not enter the street.
- Empty pool or spa water into the sewer or when chlorine residual is zero, use for irrigation water.
With our Cars
- Recycle used motor oil, for information contact Kootenai County Transfer Station at (208) 446-1430.
- Use a drain pan to catch automotive fluid when changing oil, antifreeze or other fluids.
- Use sawdust, cat litter or other absorbent material on spills, sweep up and dispose in garbage.
- Use biodegradable soap to wash your car.
- Wash the car on your lawn or at a commercial car wash, which disposes of the wash water properly.
Volunteer for litter pickup or storm drain stenciling.