Did you know one quart of used motor oil washed down a storm drain can pollute up to 250,000 gallons of water?

While the health of streams, lakes and aquatic life is impacted by heavy rains and floods, people are the heaviest polluters of our waterways. Washing oils, gas, pesticides, fertilizers and other toxins into stormwater collection systems puts our drinking water supplies at risk, and increases the time and costs required to monitor and effectively treat water with these pollutants.

Many of the communities North Texas Municipal Water District serves have active stormwater management programs as required by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality. Here are eight things you can do to keep our water clean.