How You Can Help

You can help us improve our local waterways.

What we do on the land affects our waterways.

Rainwater flows over rooftops, lawns, parking lots and roadways as it travels to storm drains and ditches. This water accumulates pollutants along its journey—such as lawn chemicals, oil, litter and pet waste—which flow directly to our waterways.

Help improve our waterways:

  • Compost grass clippings
  • Decrease use of fertilizer and pesticides
  • Wash your car on the grass, and check your vehicle for fluid leaks
  • Delay using washing machines and dishwashers during peak rain events—they can fill up the sanitary sewers and contribute to sewer overflows
  • Keep storm drains and ditches free of litter
  • Put pet waste in the trash
  • Dispose of fats, oils, grease and food scraps in the trash to prevent clogs in your sewer line and backups into your home (see a list of companies that will haul away your FOG)
  • Disconnect your downspouts or sump pumps from the sewer system
  • Direct your downspouts away from paved surfaces so nature can filter pollutants from your rooftop before reaching a waterway
  • Plant a tree – they capture stormwater runoff and decrease the likelihood of sewer overflows
  • Install a rain barrel or rain garden to capture stormwater runoff (see our Rain Garden Plant Guide for gardening ideas)
  • Dechlorinate your swimming pool water before draining it
  • Put diapers, floss, fats/oils/grease, feminine-hygiene products, paper towels, waste from garbage disposals and wipes in the trash, not down your drain
  • If you see a leaking sewer pipe or a clogged storm drain/catch basin, please report it by calling MSD’s 24/7/365 Customer Service Center at 502.540.0603