Home Maintenance

The Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners wants to remind you and your family to maintain your home and vehicle in a responsible, environmentally friendly way. Byproducts of home maintenance  - if disposed of improperly – can cause damage to the environment and to our community. These byproducts are generally referred to as illicit discharge. 

Remember to always dispose of used motor oil properly.

Remember to always dispose of used motor oil properly.

Illicit Discharge can be defined as any discharge to the municipal separate storm sewer system that is not composed entirely of storm water. This includes but is not limited to wastewater from

Pesticides and Fertilizers

  • Fertilize in the fall!
  • Avoid applying pesticides and fertilizers when rain is predicted
  • Use non-toxic alternatives when possible

 

Working with Contractors

  • Talk to your contractor about their plans for preventing pollution while they work
  • If you are doing a landscaping project that will disturb soil, cover the area with hay or mulch when work is finished for the day, or before rain

    Talk to contractors working on your property about preventing pollution from sediment or other materials washing off the site.

    Talk to contractors working on your property about preventing pollution from sediment or other materials washing off the site

  • Make sure your contractor does not leave any work materials, such as concrete, paint, or dirt, where they can wash down the storm drain
  • Ask your contractor how they plan to wash their equipment when they are finished working.   Provide access to a utility sink if needed or ask them to wash their equipment in a grassy area (not on the driveway or down the storm drain)

Washing Your Car

  • Wash you car in the grass to prevent soapy water from running directly into the storm drain
  • Use a car wash that recycles the water

Changing Your Oil

  • Check your car for oil leaks on a regular basis.  Just place a piece of cardboard under the car and check it after a few hours.
  • If you find a leak, take your car to a shop to prevent oil from running into the storm drain
  • Dispose of used motor oil at your local household hazardous waste disposal site (see links below)

Mowing Your Lawn

  • When mowing your lawn, leave the lawn clippings on the grass as free fertilizer
  • Do not blow clippings into the street or sidewalks where they can be washed into storm drains

 

The key to keeping our community and environment healthy is properly disposing of these illicit discharge sources. See the following information for local drop-off locations and additional information.

 

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Alexandria

Household hazardous materials being processed at a collection facility.

Household hazardous materials being processed at a collection facility.

Arlington

Falls Church

Loudoun County

Stafford

Rules & Regulations

Alexandria

Run off

Falls Church

Loudoun County

Stafford

If you would like to report illegal dumping in your area contact your local stormwater hotline. 

Local Stormwater Hotline Numbers

  • Arlington County - (703) 558-2222
  • City of Alexandria - (703) 746-4065
  • Fairfax County – (703) 324-5033
  • City of Fairfax – (703) 273-3067
  • City of Falls Church - (703) 248-5350 Extension 2
  • Town of Herndon - (703) 435-6853
  • Town of Leesburg – (703) 771-2790
  • Loudon County - (703) 777-0117
  • Stafford County – (540) 658-4559

 

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Alexandria

Loudoun County

Stafford