Stormwater Pollution Prevention
The Macon Water Authority is committed to protecting natural resources by preventing harmful stormwater pollution. We regularly educate the public on harmful practices, and we’re happy to offer 10 easy-to-do tips to prevent stormwater runoff pollution:
- Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep/clean driveways, sidewalks, and gutters.
- Never dump anything down storm drains or in streams.
- Vegetate bare spots in your yard.
- Compost your yard waste.
- Use the least toxic pesticides, follow labels, and learn how to prevent pest problems.
- Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces and consider a rain garden to capture runoff.
- Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway.
- Check your car for leaks and recycle your motor oil.
- Pick up after your pet.
- Have your septic tank pumped and system inspected regularly.
The public can assist with Stormwater Pollution Prevention by properly disposing of litter and trash as well. Please remember that whatever litter or trash hits the ground will eventually end up – either through our stormwater drainage system or by direct flow (called non-point-source pollution) – in a water body that likely flows into the MWA’s raw water supply for drinking water production.