Stormwater Program: Residential Pollution Prevention
Brea residents take pride in a clean city and understand that everyone is a partner in preventing pollution. Read on to get key stormwater guidelines for the home. Additional free educational materials including brochures, posters and multi-media materials are available for download here.
For a quick review of best practices around your home, please read through the following information.
Landscaping and Gardening
Pesticides and herbicides not only kill garden invaders, they also harm insects, poison fish and contaminate ground and ocean water. Use organic or non-toxic fertilizers and pesticides. Do not use fertilizer or use pesticides near ditches, gutters, or storm drains. Do not blow, sweep, hose or rake leaves into the street, gutter, or storm drain. Place clippings and pruning waste into appropriate yard waste containers.
SmarTimer Irrigation Controller
Most landscapes are overwatered, leading directly to the dry weather urban runoff that contaminates our creeks, channels, and ocean. Now you can become a zero runoff home with a SmarTimer irrigation controller proven to reduce runoff, overwatering and water bills.
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
Household toxics include: household cleaners, paint products and motor oil. Take your excess household chemicals and toxics to a local Household Hazardous Waste Roundup instead of illegally dumping them on the ground, down the sink or into a gutter, street or storm drain. Call the nearby Orange County collection center at 714-834-6752 for current hours or directions to their location.
Construction and Remodeling
- Schedule grading and excavation projects for dry weather.
- Cover excavated material and stockpiles of asphalt and sand with plastic tarps.
- Prevent erosion by planting fast-growing annual and perennial grasses.
Use a crushing company to recycle cement, asphalt and porcelain rather than taking these substances to a landfill.
Paints and solvents contain chemicals that are harmful to sea life. The chemicals come from liquid or solid products or from cleaning residues on rags. It is important to prevent these chemical from entering storm drains.
Never clean brushes or rinse paint containers into a street, gutter or storm drain. For brushes and tools used with oil-based paints, clean brushes with thinner and then filter and reuse thinner or contain it and dispose at a Household Hazardous Waste facility. Latex-based paint brushes and tools should be cleaned in a sink that drains to the sewer. When dry, used brushes, empty paint cans (lids off), rags and drop cloths may be disposed in the trash.
Chemical paint stripping residue should be taken to a household hazardous waste collection site.
Reuse leftover paint for touch-ups or recycle it at a local household hazardous waste collection site.
Concrete & Masonry
Fresh concrete and mortar application materials can wash down or blow into the street, gutter or storm drain, posing a hazard to sea life and humans. Do not mix up more fresh concrete or cement than you need. Store bags of cement and plaster under cover. Protect these materials from rainfall, runoff and wind, away from gutters and storm drains. Never dispose of cement washout or concrete dust onto driveways, streets, gutters or storm drains.
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