Outside Your Home

General Practice
  • Runoff from gutters and other sources should be directed onto grass and gravel to slow the velocity of water running into the storm system and naturally filter the water.
  • Increase the amount of permeable surfaces around your home. Use wooden decking, bricks or stones for driveways, walkways and other outdoor areas, instead of solid paving.
  • To eliminate the need for chemical control of termites, pile wood away from the house.
Disposal Practices
  • Never discharge pool or spa water to a storm drain. Chlorinated water is toxic to fish in our lakes and wildlife around our lake shores . It must be disposed of through the sanitary sewer system. If unable to locate cleanout, contact the Utility Department 863-678-4182 for assistance.
  • Do not dispose of pet waste in the storm drain. Pick up after pets and dispose of wastes in the toilet or garbage.
  • Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events are available for the disposal of hazardous waste periodically. Contact Polk County Solid Waste at 863-284-4319 for information.