Keep Runoff in Check – Project Clean Water

Keep Runoff in Check

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Get ready for wet weather ahead with Project Clean Water’s Irrigation Campaign!

Every week, the average household wastes 180 gallons of water due to leaks—amounting to 9,400 gallons annually per household.

Leaks might seem like a small inconvenience, but in reality runoff from outdoor leaks can carry pollutants like pet waste, trash, yard debris, and chemicals into storm drains.

And unlike a sewer system, which treats and filters the water that enters it, storm drains do not have a filtration system, so all that pollution has a straight path into our waterways.

What can you do to help protect our local waterways and ecosystems? Keep your runoff in check! Just remember to Inspect, Direct and Protect:

  • Inspect: Regularly inspect your irrigation system for leaks, misaligned sprinklers, and other issues to prevent runoff from entering the storm drains.
  • Direct: Direct water to the intended target areas in your yard and avoid overspray onto non-landscaped surfaces.
  • Protect: Protect waterways from pollution such as garden chemicals by stopping runoff from leaving your property.

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