Every Day Tips to Reduce Stormwater Runoff Pollution

  • Never put anything in a storm drain inlet that you would not want to drink or swim in;
  • Watch for unusual discharges from storm drainage swales and piping during dry weather conditions, and report any dry weather discharges to the Association at the "Contact Us" page;
  • Service your car regularly and fix leaks to prevent gasoline, oil, brake and transmission fluids, and anti-freeze from leaking onto the pavement and washing into our streams;
  • Use absorbent materials like kitty litter or toweling to soak up any spills, then sweep up and dispose of these items properly.  Never dilute spills with water;
  • Wash your car at a carwash, or on grass or gravel instead of in the driveway or on the street;
  • Use fertilizers and herbicides only when necessary, and follow the directions carefully.  Use natural, organic fertilizer and avoid applying any fertilizer before heavy rainfalls;
  • Set your mower's height at 3 inches.  Taller grass establishes deeper roots and healthier lawns absorb more stormwater;
  • Compost leaves and grass clippings, and use it to enhance your garden's soil next year.  Carefully bag any garden waste that you do not compost to keep it out of the storm drains;
  • Place dog waste in the toilet or a trash can.  Do not leave it on the yard, in the street or dispose of it in a storm drain.  Pet waste introduces disease-causing bacteria into our water supply;
  • Keep all litter off the street and place it in receptacles so that it does not get washed or blown down storm drains;
  • Recycle products made of paper, glass, plastic and aluminum;
  • Choose water based paints and wash your brushes in the sink with water.  Water from your plumbing goes into your septic system, other types of paint could pollute your system;
  • Reuse and recycle paint thinner.  Don't pour it down the sink or drain.  Take it to a local household hazardous waste disposal center.
  • Use the Delaware Solid Waste Authority's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days to dispose of your household hazardous waste and used computers.  See the website http://www.dswa.com/programs_haz.asp for collection dates and locations.


DSWA Home Page

DSWA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events Schedule

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

DSWA operates a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program free for all Delaware residents.

All DSWA HHW Collection events are held RAIN or SHINE!


EPA Stormwater Outreach Materials and Reference Documents

After the Storm Brochure [PDF Format] - Provides a broad overview of stormwater pollution, including runoff from residential and commercial properties, farms, construction sites, automotive facilities, forestry operations, and others

Make Your Home the Solution to Stormwater Pollution Brochure [PDF Format] - This short brochure is targeted directly to homeowners and provides tips on a wide variety of simple things that homeowner's can do to prevent stormwater pollution

Water Efficient Landscaping [PDF Format] - This booklet describes the benefits of water-efficient, low-impact landscaping. It includes examples of successful projects, programs, and contacts

Bookmark: "10 Things You Can Do to Prevent Stormwater Runoff Pollution" [PDF Format] - Great promotional item! This handy bookmark lists 10 simple things anyone can do to prevent stormwater pollution.

Protecting Water Quality from Urban Runoff [PDF Format] - This fact sheet explains how urbanized areas affect water quality through increased runoff and pollutant loads and what homeowners can do to prevent stormwater pollution.

For an extensive list of items accepted during this event, please call the Citizens’ Response Line at 1-800-404-7080 or visit www.dswa.com.

Delaware Solid Waste Authority
1128 South Bradford Street
Post Office Box 455
Dover, Delaware 19903-0455