Chemicals improperly used on your property could pose a risk to the public drinking water supply.
There are several ways that you can protect the public wellfields.
- Do not spill chemicals onto the ground, into the surface waters or into storm drains.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions when using chemicals. Fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides should be applied no more than the concentration and frequency recommended by the manufacturer.
- Dispose of household hazardous waste at hazardous waste collection centers. The Office of Integrated Waste Management (954-765-4999) has information about hazardous waste collection programs.
- Report the improper use, storage and handling of hazardous chemicals to the department's hotline at 954-519-1499.
Some substances that contain hazardous chemicals include pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, automotive fluids and paints. Also, please notify any pest control or lawn services that you employ to take special care when they apply chemicals to your property.