Homeowners should be aware of measures to help reduce the quantity and protect the quality of stormwater leaving their property. Even a small amount of impervious area (i.e., rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, etc.) can have an impact, adding pollutants like oil, gasoline, or debris to the stormwater runoff. The runoff eventually makes its way into storm sewers, where flows directly into streams and rivers without being filtered or treated by a wastewater treatment plant.
Because the stormwater is unable to infiltrate into the ground, the runoff entering nearby surface waters arrives at a faster rate, increasing the burden on municipal and county storm sewer systems. Many communities now enforce a stormwater utility fee ordinance to help maintain, repair, and upgrade the stormwater infrastructure on public property.
But you can help! There are many ways for homeowners and renters to get involved in stormwater management on your own property. Navigate through our resources and pollution prevention pages for more information.
Homeowners, renters, and businesses can improve water quality by following these tips:
Healthy lawns only need one inch of water per week. Water only during the cool times of day, and prevent water from flowing into a storm drain.
Use insecticides, herbicides, and fertilizer sparingly. Always read the label.
Minimize impervious surfaces or paved areas on your property and replace with plants or other vegetation when possible.
Clean up pet waste! Harmful bacteria and pathogens end up in our creeks and rivers.
Wash vehicles at a car wash instead of in the driveway.
Consider rain barrels, rain gardens, or other ways to keep stormwater on your property.
Clear trash and debris from storm drains to prevent flooding.
Dispose of paint, motor oil, and cleaning products properly. Contact the Tippecanoe County Solid Waste Management District for assistance.