Aesthetics is but one plus for properly maintained properties including single family homes and open space within a subdivision. Sustainable, watershed-friendly BMPs are another.
Simple BMPs can be applied by the homeowner or HOA for water quality, flood reduction and healthy natural resources which adds to the quality of life factor for homeowners and those living in the watershed. What can you do? Incorporate any number of the following BMPs in and around your home:
Sustainable Living Tips For Around Your Home and Neighborhood
- Use a commercial car wash, or wash your car on the lawn or other unpaved surface;
- Sweep up yard debris rather than hosing down the storm drain;
- Compost or recycle yard waste when possible;
- Repair auto leaks;
- Clean paint brushes in a sink, not outdoors and properly dispose of excess paint through a household hazardous waste collection program through SWALCO or your community;
- Drain your pool into the sanitary sewer, not the storm sewer;
- Properly store hazardous waste and chemicals to prevent leaks and spills;
- Have your septic system inspected by a professional at least every 3 years; see Lake County Health Department for more information;
- Water your lawn during the cool times of the day and be careful not to over water;
- Before beginning a household project, located the nearest storm drains and protect them debris and other materials;
- After rain events, check the nearest storm drain grates for debris build up.
- Purchase nontoxic, biodegradable and recyclable products whenever possible;
- Reduce the amount of paved area and increase the amount of vegetated area in your yard and neighborhood;
- Use native plants in your landscaping;
- Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly, and use phosphorous-free fertilizer; and
- Sweep up and properly dispose of construction debris like concrete and mortar.