It’s simple, dump nothing down the storm drain that you wouldn’t drink or swim in.
Use organic fertilizer on lawns.
Minimize use of pesticides.
Use garden trimmings for compost.
Recycle used oil. You can take your used oil to your local auto parts store or:3255 Akers Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Wash your car at a commercial carwash that recycles and treats the water, or wash it on your lawn. Do not wash your car in your driveway or on the street where the chemicals will run into the storm drain.
Pick up pet wastes.
Keep all yard and landscaping materials such as soil, gravel, leaves and rocks off the streets. This way they can’t wash down the storm drain when it rains.
Take your leftover paints and pesticides to the El Paso County Household Chemical Waste Collection Facility. Call (719) 520-7878 for an appointment.