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.
Check out our website for more helpful irrigation tips and resources at projectcleanwater.org/irrigation/