Personal Pollution Prevention

As with many Florida communities, our waterbodies receive significant amounts of stormwater runoff which flows off streets and properties into stormwater systems. The water from these systems often discharges to lakes and rivers, carrying with it leaves, debris and pollutants. Although individual homes may only contribute minor amounts of pollution, the combined effect of that pollution from all households in the community is the state and nation’s leading source of water quality degradation.

The City strives to protect and improve water quality and prevent pollutants from entering the stormwater system. But we can’t do this alone, we need your help. Here are some ways you can reduce your personal pollution.

Water Usage

  • Drain pool water and filter backwash water into the lawn or landscaping.
  • Direct gutter downspouts away from paved surfaces and into grassy areas instead.
  • Wash your car in the grass and not the driveway or better yet, take it to the car wash.

Lawn Care

  • Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly and provide a 15-foot buffer from any waterfront or wetland. Read the application instructions
    found on the label and avoid applying products when rain is forecast.
  • Vegetate bare spots in your yard and shoreline to prevent sediment erosion and to remove nutrients from runoff.
  • Collect leaves from yards for regular pickup or compost yard waste. Advise lawn care companies not to blow leaves into the curb lines or streets.
  • Sweep debris in driveways, sidewalks and roads toward the lawn or bag it for pickup.
  • Never dump anything down the storm drains including grass clippings and leaves. It pollutes our waterbodies as well as clogs the drains and causes flooding. It is also considered an "illicit discharge" and is subject to code enforcement. To report an illicit discharge, or if your storm drain doesn’t have a marker that reads “No Dumping Leads to Waterways,” please contact (407) 571-8331 or

Hazardous Substances

  • Store and dispose of household chemicals properly. Always use them as intended and make sure they are sealed to prevent leakage. Take unwanted hazardous wastes to a proper disposal site. For disposal locations near you, call (407) 665-2260 or visit the Seminole County Hazardous Waste webpage.
  • Check your car for leaks and properly dispose of motor oil.
  • Pick up after your pet!

Online Resources

For more information on your water body or reducing pointless personal pollution, visit the following: