Consider safe alternatives to hazardous products.
Follow instructions carefully when using, storing and disposing of household hazardous wastes. Take toxic chemicals like weed killers, pesticides, paint, thinners, strippers, wood preservatives, furniture polish, cleaners, and bleach to a hazardous waste collection center - don't dump them down the drain or on the ground. Call Metro's recycling and waste disposal line for more details, 503-234-3000.
Find out if you have underground storage tanks (USTs) on your property.
Residential USTs typically are used to store heating oil. Active USTs should be checked for leakage, which can increase with UST age. Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) strongly recommends inactive USTs be properly removed or closed in place to prevent expensive leaks that endanger public health or damage the environment. Homeowners that replace or decommission a heating oil tank may be eligible for free technical assistance and grants from DEQ. Contact DEQ's Tank Helpline at 1-800-742-7878.
Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face and save 2-3 gallons each minute. Install low flow faucets and fix leaky faucets. Clean vegetables and fruits in a pan of water - not under a running faucet. Refrigerate a container of drinking water instead of running the faucet until the water is cold enough to drink. Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when fully loaded. Make every drop count! Visit www.regionalh2o.org for more water conservation tips.