Types of Stormwater Pollution

Storm Drains and the Environment

All storm drains in Southlake drain directly to a pond, lake, creek, or river. Please consider this before discharging anything into your neighborhood storm drains. Don’t be a dumper!

Trash in Pond
Hazardous Household Waste

Lawn Maintenance

  • Landscaping debris such as leaves, grass clippings and sediment should be recycled, composted, or disposed of properly. They should not be hosed, swept or blown into a storm drain or the street. 
  • Pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides should be used wisely. Use only when other methods fail, in accordance with manufacturer's instructions, and do not apply if rain is in the forecast. 
  • Keep the lids on all garbage and recycling containers. 

Household Hazardous Waste

  • Store and label items like cleaning supplies, gasoline, and batteries properly and out of flood-prone areas to avoid leaks, spills, and contamination. 
  • Clean up spills immediately and dispose of properly.
  • If you are not sure how to get rid of your household hazardous waste, take advantage of the City's twice-a-year Crud Cruiser Event

Draining Your Pool

  • Before draining your pool, please use a pool test kit and ensure the water is free of algaecides, the pH falls between 6 & 8, and that the pool water has no chlorine in it.
  • Drain pool so that the water flows across the lawn to be filtered naturally before reaching the street, and be sure to control the flow to avoid erosion.
  • Avoid draining your pool if you have recently treated your lawn with pesticides or fertilizers. 
  • Refer to the following flyer for advice about properly draining your pool: Draining Your Pool - What You Should Know

Pet Waste

  • When pet waste is left on the grass or street, it will be washed into storm drains and nearby water bodies during the next rainfall. Animal waste often ends up causing significant pollution problems including: bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can threaten the health of humans and other wildlife.