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Posted on: May 21, 2018

Help Prevent Stormwater Pollution

Storm drain clogged with leaves.

Stormwater is water from rain, ice and snow that does not soak into the ground. It flows from rooftops, over paved areas, bare soil and sloped lawns into storm drains that empty directly into neighboring waterways. As it flows, it can collect and transport animal waste, litter, salt, pesticides, fertilizers, oil, grease, soil and other potential pollutants.

Tips to help prevent stormwater pollution:

  • Repair leaking vehicles.
  • Bag pet waste and properly dispose.
  • Properly dispose of trash at residence.
  • Wash vehicles at a commercial car wash.
  • Drain pool water into a sanitary sewer clean out.
  • Use pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers sparingly.
  • Prevent yard waste, such as leaves and grass clippings, from entering the street or storm drains.
  • Properly dispose of household hazardous waste (e.g., oil, paint, batteries and lightbulbs).

Volunteers Needed

To help prevent dumping in storm drains, volunteers are needed to place labels with the message, “No Dumping, Only Rain in the Drain,” on storm drains throughout Irving. This is a visual reminder that the storm drains run directly into creeks, rivers and lakes. Volunteers also can distribute door hangers to remind residents that rain washes garden chemicals, pet waste, motor oil and other pollutants from yards, driveways and sidewalks into waterways.

For more information or to volunteer, visit or call the Capital Improvement Program Department at (972) 721-2611.

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