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Home Project Tips for Clean Water

Whether you do it yourself or hire a contractor for home projects, here are a few tips to get the job done and prevent water pollution. Remember—products labeled as "non-toxic" may still be toxic to fish in streams.

  • Painting - Never wash brushes or rollers over storm drains. Clean up spills with kitty litter.
  • Carpet Cleaning – Dispose in toilet if you are on a sewer system. Collect water and dispose of at sewer treatment plant if you are on septic.
  • Pressure Washing – Avoid hazardous cleaning products and place filter fabric over storm grates.
  • Car Maintenance – Fix leaks, clean up spills, and never pour fluids into ditches, storm drains or waterways.
  • Roof Moss Control – Consider ways to prevent growth. Treat problem areas with zinc strips.
  • Car and Boat Washing – Wash on gravel or grass, or take it to a commercial car wash.
  • Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste – Package up properly while transporting to reduce spills. Keep products in their original containers.
  • Pick Up Pet Waste – Kitsap dogs drop 11 tons of waste each day. Scoop, bag and trash it for clean shoes and clean streams. Picking up in your backyard frequently will make a difference.


Hiring a contractor? Ask where they dispose of wash water and left over materials.
Consider requesting receipts for disposal.

Kitsap County Public Works Stormwater Division Kitsap Public Health District Kitsap Conservation District WSU Kitsap Extension Kitsap Public Utility District