​​ ​Residential Best Management Practices

Best Management Practices (BMPs) for households can help prevent stormwater pollution.​


  • Use drip pans to collect automobile leaks and spills.
  • Use your sanitary sewer cleanout when backwashing or draining your pool.
  • Apply fertilizer/ pesticides sparingly and never apply when rain or wind are in the weather forecast.
  • Dispose of household hazardous waste properly (local household hazardous waste event).
  • Dispose of used automobile fluids at your local garage, automotive store or at a household hazardous waste collection event.​

Drain and Backwash Pools Properly

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A few examples of household activities that may contribute to stormwater pollution are vehicle maintenance (e.g. vehicle leaks, oil change, etc.), vehicle washing (e.g., soap), pets (e.g., pet waste), pool backwashing/draining (e.g., chlorine, diatomaceous earth), and lawn maintenance (e.g. use of fertilizers/pesticides, yard waste).  However, by using some simple BMPs, you too can help prevent stormwater pollution. 


"Clean Water Starts With YOU!" ​ 

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  Pet Waste​​ Fertilizers/Lawn Chemicals   Pools

​​​For additional tips, please see the following brochures:

Stormwater Pollution Prevention (Spanish)

​​​For more information, please call the Stormwater Hotline at (602) 256-3190 or email us at ask.water@phoenix.gov.​

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