What is Residential Water Pollution?

Residential Water Pollution may be both unintentional or deliberate release of harmful chemicals or materials into the environment, directly impacting water sources. Non-point water pollution may appear to be insignificant, but their magnifying toll on the environment impacts water sources and the organisms living in them.

Examples of Residential Water Pollution


  • Fertilizers, weed killers, insecticides
  • loose grass clippings, dead leaves
  • pet waste
  • soap or detergent from car washing
  • improper disposal of oil, paints


  • runoff from fertilizers create algae blooms, lowering the oxygen levels resulting in dead water sources (aquatic life is unsustainable)
  • Pet waste carries disease (dysentery, hepatitis and parasite infections) to water sources affecting aquatic life
  • improper disposal of oils, paints, and cleaning materials affect the drinking quality of water in addition to harming aquatic life

What can you do to help?

  • use enviromentally safe cleaning products when cleaning your car
  • recognize when your car is leaking oil. Take is to the auto shop to properly dispose
  • keep gutters, sidewalks, and roads clear of leaves and grass clippings
  • use a compost pile instead of fertilizers - they're natural and inexpensive!
  • take responsibility of pet waste: pick it up and dispose properly
  • excess paint can be poured into kitty litter or soaked up with a sponge; don't pour it down the drain or outside

By making small efforts every day, you can lend a helping hand to the environment and your local water sources.