Keep It Clean

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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

Learn about: mulching your garden for winter with Com-Til, keeping storm drains clear, proper yard waste disposal, cool weather energy savings (and how to get a rebate for a programmable thermostat), what to do if your pipes freeze (& how to prevent it), water main breaks & more. 

Holiday Reminder

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

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

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

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

Storm Drain Marker Program

Storm Drain Marker Program Summer & fall offer perfect weather for this volunteer opportunity to raise awareness that dumping waste into storm drains contributes to water pollution & endangers wildlife. Decals, adhesive & instruction is provided for volunteers to apply on curbs near storm drain inlets - perfect for individuals or groups. - 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 temps and what to do if your pipes freeze or break. - 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

Volunteers Are Needed Year-Round by Local Watersheds

Volunteers Are Needed Year-Round by Local Watersheds Local watershed groups plan year-round events and other ways to participate in keeping our waterways clean, including streambank litter cleanups, invasive plant removal & more. 

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    ATTN: Pet Owners

    ATTN: Pet Owners Due to an increase in dog bites this year, you may be asked to secure your pet when our utility workers come to your home. Restraining your pets protects them & our staff. - learn more

    Hydrant Flushing Season

    Hydrant Flushing Season Can Cause Low Pressure, Rusty Water Check the schedule to see if hydrants are being flushed in your area & learn what to do if you are experiencing rusty water. Columbus Fire runs through October 15 and Obetz is planning a fall schedule.  - learn more

    2020 Fall Reservoir Litter Clean-ups Are Self-Guided

    2020 Fall Reservoir Litter Clean-ups Are Self-Guided September 19th - October 4th, volunteers are invited to pick up litter along the shorelines of Hoover, O’Shaughnessy and Griggs Reservoirs. Trash bags are available for contact-free pick up, or provide your own. Leave filled bags next to a green park trash can; Watershed Management will collect them. To learn more and get started, please contact Columbus Watershed Management at 614-645-1721 or email watershed@columbus.gov. - learn more

    National Take Back Day - October 24, 2020

    National Take Back Day - October 24, 2020 October 24 is National Take Back day. Visit http://www.swaco.org/196/Pharmaceutical for locations. Franklin County is fortunate to be home to several permanent drug drop-off locations too.  - learn more