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Watershed Tips

Prevent Pollution

Septic Systems—Reduce bacteria by making sure your septic system is functioning properly.
  • Inspect tanks every 2–3 years and pump out as needed.
  • Do not poison your system by flushing harsh chemicals, oil or grease, hair, diapers, paper towels or other large waste products.
Pet Waste—Reduce bacteria by properly disposing of pet waste.
  • Pick up pet waste and either flush it or throw it away.
  • Do not compost waste or leave it in your yard to decompose.
Lawn Maintenance—Reduce nitrogen and save time with these lawn-care tips.
  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn.
  • Water the lawn early in the morning or late in the evening when evaporation rates are lowest.
  • Turn the water off when the lawn is saturated. Water flowing off your lawn down the street does not help your lawn and carries pollutants to Brooker Creek.
  • Landscape with native plants. Florida Yards & Neighborhoods provides help to homeowners who wish to use native plants.

Save Water

Reduce water usage by following some of these water-saving tips.
  • Always wait until you have a full load of laundry before you wash.
  • Take short showers; they use less water than bathing.
  • Limit showers to less than 5 minutes and install a low-flow showerhead.
  • Prevent toilet leaks, replace your toilet flapper regularly and make sure it fits correctly.
  • Be sure your dishwasher is full before you run it.
  • Learn to recycle your food waste by composting instead of using the garbage disposal. Composting will save water while providing you with an excellent source of fertilizer for yard plants.
  • Take your car to a car wash that recycles water. If you have to wash your car at home, wash it over the lawn to prevent soap and other pollutants from entering the storm drain and eventually Brooker Creek.
  • Water the lawn in early morning or late evening when evaporation rates are lowest. Better yet, landscape your lawn with varieties of native plants that require less water.
  • Check your plumbing and repair leaks as soon as possible.
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