Waterwise Wednesday: Project Pollution Prevention

Photo © Jameswimsel


House projects, both indoors and out, create potential pollutants that can get caught in storm runoff when used or disposed improperly.


1. Purchase and use nontoxic, biodegradable, recyclable, and recycled products whenever possible to reduce detrimental environmental effects.


2. Follow label directions for substances like paint, solvent, or cleanser that can contain toxic Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Use the smallest amount possible, absorb any spills immediately and dispose of the waste safely. Store substances properly to avoid leaks and spills.


3. Clean paintbrushes in a sink, not outdoors, to prevent VOCs and other toxins from flowing into the storm system. Filter and reuse paint thinner when using oil based paint. Properly dispose of paint by pouring out and drying on scrap carpet or taking unused paint to Environmental Services.


4. Sweep and properly dispose of construction debris like concrete and masonry.