If You Wouldn’t Drink It – Don’t Pour it on the Ground!
Here's What You Can Do
Don't pour household hazardous wastes down the drain or on the ground. Choose natural, less toxic options. *Hazardous wastes: paint, moth balls, drain cleaners, etc.
- Encourage county and local officials to start a household hazardous waste collection program.
- Have lawn and garden soils tested before applying fertilizers and do not apply before a rainfall. Contact your local Penn State Cooperative Extension office, 570-296-3400, to get a soils test kit to help measure the amount of fertilizer to use in your lawn or garden.
- Properly dispose of used motor oil. Recycle used motor oil by taking it to a service station or local recycling center. One gallon of used motor oil can pollute up to two million gallons of water.
- On icy pavement, use sand, ashes or chip the ice off when possible. If using salt, use in moderation.
- Have your water tested. Water testing can provide important information on the quality of your water and treatment measures that may be needed.
Clean water depends on you:
Clean water is required not only for basic human survival, but is also necessary for maintaining good health.
FACT: watersheds are natural systems linking land, people and water.