What goes up must come down, and the water used outside your home is no exception as it will find its way into a storm drain or wash away into the local waterbody. Here’s a small list of tips:
- All Things in Moderation: Using pesticides and other chemical treatments in the recommended amounts for example, and especially not if the forecast calls for rain. This also applies when watering the lawn; to prevent runoff into the storm drain.
- Green Selection: Selecting native plants and grasses requires less water, fertilizer, and pesticides, as these plants have been around long enough to survive Florida’s annual weather without any extra help. Also planting where there are bare spots in the yard will also help prevent soil erosion.
- Sweep not Spray: Sweeping yard debris such as leaves instead of hosing them down. Compost or recycle when possible.
- Cover Up: Covering up piles of dirt and mulch with a tarp prevents it from being brushed off where it isn’t wanted or washed away into local waterbodies.
As irritating as it can be, picking up litter also prevents the waste from washing down a storm drain and adding its own ‘ingredient’ into the water supply mix. Remember that it is always a good idea to have your water tested regularly. Contact Sci-Chem Water Treatment at 407-301-4655.