Keep It Clean

    Hoover Crop  

Simple steps you can take at home to  prevent water pollution .


Take a Tour

Watershed Signage

Signage installed at Griggs, O'Shaughnessy & Hoover Reservoirs invites park visitors to  take a self-guided tour along the shoreline & learn about the green infrastructure installed there.

Rain gardens, porous pavement & more can improve the quality of storm water entering the reservoirs that supply our drinking water.

Non-point Source Pollution

Stormwater Runoff

Protect our Waterways
Illustration Courtesy of NCDENR

Fall & Winter Topics
Learn about: cold weather energy savings (and how to get a rebate for a programmable thermostat), mulching your garden for winter with Com-Til (while we still have temperate weather), keeping storm drains clear what to do if your pipes freeze (& how to prevent it), water main breaks, sledding & outdoor activities, & more.

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Holiday Reminder Do Not Pour Cooking Oils & Grease Down the Drain after Preparing Meals. Fats, oils & grease (FOG) can clog sewers, resulting in basement backups & costly repairs. Learn how to properly dispose of grease or reuse it.  - learn more

Help Prevent Street Flooding - Keep Storm Drains Clear

Help Prevent Street Flooding - Keep Storm Drains Clear Help prevent street flooding by keeping storm drains free from blockages. Trash, leaves, debris, snow & ice are all common causes of strom sewer blockages - you can help. - learn more

Dispose of Yard Waste Properly - Pet Waste Too

Dispose of Yard Waste Properly - Pet Waste Too Waste must be properly prepared and placed for collection. Leaves swept into the curb will not be collected in Columbus. Dumping yard waste into storm drains or waterways adds excess nutrients to the water, can clog drains & contribute to flooding. Better yet, compost & mulch yard waste. - learn more

Prep Your Plant Beds for Winter with Com-Til

Prep Your Plant Beds for Winter with Com-Til Temperate weather provides the perfect conditions to prepare your garden and plant beds for winter. By applying a layer of mulch, you can protect them from the temperature extremes and fluctuations we experience in central Ohio. - learn more

Cool Weather Energy Savings Tips

Cool Weather Energy Savings Tips Learn how to save energy during cooler weather. Plus, link to a rebate offer for a new programmable thermostat or low flow shower head. - learn more

Water Main Breaks

Water Main Breaks Routine repairs usually take 4 - 6 hours to complete. Although most are not as dramatic as the photo, there typically isn't time to notify residents before shut-off & repairs begin. FAQ's Repaired on a priority system based on severity, location & other factors, most breaks are repaired within 2 weeks of being reported. And while every attempt is made to make repairs without shutting the water off, some temporary interruptions or reduced pressure may be necessary. - learn more

Prepare for Cold Weather & Freezing Temps

Prepare for Cold Weather & Freezing Temps Learn how to prepare your water lines for cold weather & freezing temperatures. - learn more

What To Do if Your Pipes Freeze or Break

What To Do if Your Pipes Freeze or Break Learn how to thaw your pipes safely & what to do if they break. - learn more

Locating a Water Meter & Emergency Service Valve

Locating a Water Meter & Emergency Service Valve Locate & mark your main control valve; show everyone in the house how to turn off water in an emergency. - learn more

Sledding & Outdoor Activities

Sledding & Outdoor Activities Downhill sledding, snowboarding or skiing is not permitted on the sloped land around the reservoir or dam due to safety reasons. Metro Parks offer sledding, winter hikes & other outdoor activities. - learn more

Salty Taste

Salty Taste A salty, briny or soapy taste and/or slippery texture are commonly noted in the winter when large quantities of deicing salts are applied to roads and walkways. - learn more