Pollution affects us all. So, it is up to all of us to improve our environment. Follow some of these tips to help prevent pollution.
In Madera, all storm drains flow to rivers and creeks, detention, and retention basins, but never to the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Never dispose of any waste down the storm drain.
Urban runoff pollution is caused by chemical and other materials that are poured or washed down storm drains. The water passing through storm drains is NOT cleansed by the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Storm water never treated for pollutants.
Motor oil, pesticides, automotive fluids, chemicals, and other litter find their way into our storm drains every day. One quart of used motor oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water. Animals living in our local sloughs, creeks, rivers, lakes, and bay get their water from our storm drain system. Polluted water could cause these animals to become sick.
Maintain your vehicle
Inspect and maintain your car regularly to prevent and repair leaks. Recycle used oil and filters at one of the 10 convenient used-oil recycling centers. Use kitty litter and sweep up leaks and spills. Never wash spills into the gutter. Reduce automobile use by carpooling, biking, and walking. When it rains, air pollution turns into storm water pollution! Do not park your vehicle on the lawn. All vehicles must be parked on cement, base rock, or asphalt. Violators may be cited.
Recycle your used motor oil
Take your used motor oil to one of the local free drop-off locations. There are 10 convenient locations in Madera County to recycle your used motor oil.
|DuBose Kipshever Chevrolet||1 Auto Park Place|
|Madera Disposal Systems||217369 Road 19|
665-3099 ext. 12
|3 Boys Auto Wrecking||19494 Road 22|
|Auto Zone #2874||211 N. Gateway Drive|
|Expert Tire #3547||200 S. D Street|
|Heartland Opportunity Center||30 W. Olive Avenue|
|Kragen Auto Parts||1341 Country Club Drive|
|Kragen Auto Parts||301 Olive Avenue|
|Dan’s Auto Center||49329 Golden Oak Loop|
|Eagle Quick Lube||40179 Enterprise Drive|
Paint with care
Use latex paint rather than oil based. Unwanted oil-based paint, varnishes, and used thinner must be taken to a household hazardous waste collection event. Save and reuse thinner whenever possible. Empty and dry paint cans can be disposed of in the garbage. Never wash paints or equipment into the street or in your yard; rinse your paint brushes in the sink.