10 ways to prevent water pollution on your property

Highly rated service providers in these Angie's List categories can help you prevent stormwater runoff pollution on your property:

Auto service - Have a professional check your vehicles for fluid leaks. Be sure to recycle your used motor oil and not pour it down the drain.

Car washes - Take your car to a car wash where dirty water will be recycled and disposed of properly.

Gutter repair & replacement - Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces; consider a rain garden or barrel to capture runoff.

Landscaping - Select native plants and grasses that are drought and pest resistant. Investigate a retaining wall or permeable pavers.

Lawn & yard work - Sweep up driveways and sidewalks after mowing so clippings don't enter the storm drains.

Lawn fertilization & treatment - Use fertilizers sparingly. Look for organic methods to maintain your lawn.

Pest control/exterminating - Learn how to prevent pest problems, and use the least-toxic pesticides when necessary.

Plumbing - If you're concerned that your sewer and/or stormwater line may be damaged and leaking pollutants, ask your plumber for a video inspection of your pipes.

Pooper scoopers/Dog walking - Pick up after your pet so harmful bacteria isn't washed into watersheds.

Septic tank - Get your septic tank pumped and inspected regularly. Poorly maintained systems can release bacteria.

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