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

Spring Topics
Learn how to make smart lawn care choices, measure outdoor water use, participate in volunteer opportunities including River Pride and Storm Drain Marking; start a community garden or learn about rain barrels; and more.

Summer Bridge Closure - Glick Road

Summer Bridge Closure - Glick Road The bridge over the Scioto River and O'Shaughnessy Reservoir will be closed for 3 weeks this summer for a resurfacing project. It is expected to re-open by June 29. Construction is currently underway with demolition of the old bridge deck complete. Check back for updates, or visit pavingtheway.org and sign up for text or email alerts. - learn more

Cost of Filling a Swimming Pool

Cost of Filling a Swimming Pool Memorial weekend typically marks the pool filling season; check the chart to see how much it will cost to fill your swimming pool. A list of water haulers is also provided. Also learn about: Auxillary Meters (which measure outdoor water use & save money on your bill) & Backflow requirements. - 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 flushes daily, approximately April 22 - July 22. Other municipalities run through October. - learn more

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Com-Til Compost Com-Til is a dark, rich compost that will break up tough clay soil, add valuable organic matter, provide both macro and micro nutrients, help retain moisture and provide a decorative mulch. The product is made from residual bio-solids from the City of Columbus wastewater treatment plants, yard waste and wood chips. - learn more

Flooding and Water Leak Info

Flooding and Water Leak Info Information and resources for customers experiencing flooding and water leak issues such as:

  • Basement or yard flooding, water meter leaks
  • Leaks in the street or at at a hydrant, blocked storm drains causing street flooding &/or ice
  • Safety & cleanup information for basement flooding
  • How to locate your main water control valve to turn-off during an emergency
- 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

Put Rainwater to Use

Put Rainwater to Use Rain gardens and rain barrels put rainfall to use, reducing the need for irrigation. Save money while protecting our water supply. Residents of the City of Columbus who have signed up as Green Spot members are invited to buy a discounted rain barrel for only $55, while supplies last. 
Join the GreenSpot Program; it's easy.
Learn more about this offer...

More About Put Rainwater to Use...  - learn more

Yard Waste

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

Start a Community Garden

Start a Community Garden A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. They provide fresh produce and plants as well as satisfying labor, exercise, neighborhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment.
- learn more

Lady Bug

Make Simple Lawn Care Choices Choose native plants, spot treat problem areas, or better yet, consider less toxic alternatives such as beneficial insects. Use the mulching feature on your lawn mower instead of bagging the clippings, or better yet, create your own compost from your yard waste. Learn more about proper yard waste disposal. - learn more

For a Healthy Lawn, Don't Over Water

For a Healthy Lawn, Don't Over Water 1" per week is enough rain/water to keep most lawns healthy. Watering too much or too little is the cause of many common plant problems. You can have healthier plants and save money by giving your lawn/garden only what is needed.

View a chart detailing  the cost of outdoor watering , based on hose size & time.
More tips about  Outdoor Watering- learn more

High Bills and Outdoor Seasonal Watering

High Bills and Outdoor Seasonal Watering A high water bill can signal a problem such as a leak, or be the result of seasonal, outdoor water usage (watering the lawn or garden, washing the car, etc). The resources below should help you establish what is average, determine the cause of a high bill and reduce your water usage. Request Toilet Dye Strips - learn more

Meter Outdoor Water Use, Reduce Sewer Charges

Meter Outdoor Water Use, Reduce Sewer Charges Sewer charges are based on water usage and assume all water is discharged to the city’s sewer system. Those using large amounts of water not entering the sewer system (outdoor watering, irrigation systems) could save by installing an auxiliary meter system. The system must be purchased, installed and maintained... - learn more

Keeping Wildlife Wild - Minimizing Goose Overpopulation

Keeping Wildlife Wild - Minimizing Goose Overpopulation The overabundance of resident Canada Geese did not happen overnight and reducing their population is a multi-step process. A summary of what we're doing to help follows. You can help too simply by not feeding them or any wildlife. Wild animals are well adapted at finding food & surviving on their own. Furthermore, feeding them actually causes numerous problems.  - learn more

Griggs Reservoir Litter Cleanup

Griggs Reservoir Litter Cleanup Volunteers are encouraged to participate in this annual litter cleanup on Saturday, June (to be determined), 2016 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Griggs Reservoir.  Meeting at the Scioto Boat Club. Bags, gloves & refreshments provided. Come out for some good "clean" fun! - 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

Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative (CORGI)

Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative (CORGI) Rain gardens are a natural way to use rain water as a resource instead of a waste product. Learn about rain gardens: installation, sizing, example plants, design ideas, Seasonal gardening tips, recently awarded grant projects & technical resources. Learn more about rain gardens & CORGI...
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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

Cloudy Water

Cloudy Water Cloudy water is very common in the winter & can last for quite a long time. It is usually caused by temperature changes and poses no health risks.  - learn more