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Only Rain Down the Drain: Protect the Chesapeake Bay
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Did you know that stormwater is not treated? Storm drains are connected directly to our local streams and waterways. That means that anything that is left on a hard surface, like parking lots and roads, or put directly into a storm drain, will eventually end up in our streams. Imagine rinsing your paint brush or emptying a mop bucket in the middle of the Potomac River. That’s what it’s like when you wash anything on a paved surface or down the storm drain.

Remember, only rain down the storm drain!

Here’s what you can do to help protect our local streams:

  • Properly use and dispose of household chemicals. The City’s Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling (HHW) program at 3224 Colvin Street helps residents with proper disposal.
  • Take used oil and automotive fluids to a local service station or the HHW site for recycling.
  • Wash paintbrushes, mops, or other cleaning tools indoors to keep dirty water and harmful chemicals out of our streams. Never wash tools in the street or into a storm drain.
  • Keep our City litter free. Any litter you drop in the street, on the sidewalk, or in a park will likely end up in a local stream.

Visit www.alexandriava.gov/Stormwater for more ideas on how you can help protect our local streams, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay.


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