Help Keep Our Water Clean

Clean Water is Important To Everyone!

Clean water is extremely important for our health and economy. Clean water provides recreation, commercial opportunities, fish and wildlife habitats, drinking water, and adds beauty to landscapes. 
Factories and industrial sites were once major contributors to polluted water entering our nation’s waterways. Now, more than 60% of water pollution comes from everyday activities around homes and businesses. Oil leaking from cars and trucks, fertilizer and pesticides that run off of lawns and parks, and pet waste that is not picked up can all add to the deterioration of water quality. 
Everyone can do something, even though it may seem small, to help improve the quality of runoff water. These all add up to a pollution solution! We all benefit from having clean water and we must all do our part to assure our lakes, rivers, and waterways contain the cleanest water possible.

Polluted Runoff Water

Polluted runoff water, occurs when rain and melting snow carry pollutants from streets, parking lots, yards, construction sites, and farm fields and wash them into our waterways. Some of these pollutants are motor oil, anti-freeze, commercial fertilizers, and pesticides.

Overuse of fertilizers and pesticides, poor vehicle maintenance, and littering can all be prevented.

WINDSOR RESIDENTS, you can help!

Your everyday activities can have a large impact on the water quality in and around the Town of Windsor. By taking simple steps around your home or business, you can help to reduce the amount of polluted water, which enters our storm drains and makes its way untreated, to our local waterways. 

Storm Drains

Help keep storm drains clean. Only rain and snow melt water should ever go down a storm drain. Keep debris from homes, lawns, pets, and vehicles out of all storm drains. Remember, anything that enters a storm drain is untreated when it eventually finds its way into a lake, river, or stream.


When walking your pet remember to Scoop the Poop and dispose of it properly. Bag it and place it in the garbage, or flush it. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into the storm drain and eventually into a waterway.

Yard & Garden

  • Pesticides and Fertilizers: Use fertilizers and chemicals sparingly. When their use is necessary, follow the directions set forth on the label. Do not apply if rainfall is forecast to prevent the chemical from being washed into the storm drain.
  • Lawn Care: Don’t over water your lawn and allow runoff water to flow down the street into the storm drain. It can carry fertilizer and lawn clippings with it.


  • Car Washing: Use a commercial car wash or wash your car on a lawn or other unpaved surface to allow the water to be filtered and to minimize the amount of dirty soapy water that flows through the storm drain system and enters a waterway, untreated.
  • Motor Oil and Other Automotive Fluids: Check your car, truck, boat, and other machinery for leaks and spills. Make any needed repairs as soon as possible. Use an absorbent material to dry up leaks and spills. Do not let the spilled fluid enter a nearby storm drain! Dispose of any used absorbent in the proper manner. Recycle all automotive fluids at participating recycle centers. Do not pour them down the storm drain or place them in the garbage!

Household Hazardous Waste

dump any kind of household hazardous waste into a storm drain! These are items such as paint, varnish, cleaners, acids, etc. These items need to be taken to an approved hazardous waste recycling center.

Report Spills & Other Water Pollution

  • Report all spills that are potentially life threatening or hazardous in nature by calling 911. 
  • Report any non-hazardous spills or illegal dumping to the Town of Windsor Public Works Storm Water Division at 970-674-5400