10 Ways To Prevent Water Pollution

Angi Staff
Written by Angi Staff
Updated September 22, 2015
Gutter and downspout
Properly maintained gutters and downspouts play a big role in protecting your home against water pollution. (Photo by Summer Galyan)

Take a look at these tips to avoid spreading contaminated stormwater runoff.

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4 tips for managing stormwater pollution

Highly rated service providers in these Angi categories can help you prevent stormwater runoff pollution on your property:

Auto service - Have a professional check your vehicles for fluid leaks. Be sure to recycle your used motor oil and not pour it down the drain.

Car washes - Take your car to a car wash where dirty water will be recycled and disposed of properly.

Gutter repair & replacement - Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces; consider a rain garden or barrel to capture runoff.

Landscaping - Select native plants and grasses that are drought and pest resistant. Investigate a retaining wall or permeable pavers.

Lawn & yard work - Sweep up driveways and sidewalks after mowing so clippings don't enter the storm drains.

Lawn fertilization & treatment - Use fertilizers sparingly. Look for organic methods to maintain your lawn.

Pest control/exterminating - Learn how to prevent pest problems, and use the least-toxic pesticides when necessary.

Plumbing - If you're concerned that your sewer and/or stormwater line may be damaged and leaking pollutants, ask your plumber for a video inspection of your pipes.

Pooper scoopers/Dog walking - Pick up after your pet so harmful bacteria isn't washed into watersheds.

Septic tank - Get your septic tank pumped and inspected regularly. Poorly maintained systems can release bacteria. 

How have you protected your property against water pollution? Share your tips in the comments below.

Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article that was originally posted on March 14, 2011. 

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