Leaving pet waste on the ground increases health risks.
Pet waste can be a major source of bacteria and excess nutrients in local waters. Properly pick up and dispose of waste in the trash.
Bacteria in waste can come in the form of E. Coli, hookworm, whipworm, and ascarids. This excess harmful bacteria, when left on the ground, becomes stormwater runoff.
High rates of dog waste in concentrated park areas may lead to contaminated stormwater runoff and the spread of various harmful parasites, leaving town residents and their pets at risk.
The EPA classifies pet waste as a non-point source pollutant. Dog waste is a contributing factor to poor water quality according to the EPA and specifically affects drinking water supplies, fisheries, and wildlife as it is transported by rain runoff and snow melt into local waterways.
Compost is a valuable soil conditioner that gradually releases nutrients into your lawn and garden. The use of compost not only decreases the amount of fertilizer you need to apply, it retains moisture in the soil and thus helps you conserve water.
Many commonly used household products can be hazardous to our environment, people, and pets.
Try to select biodegradable cleaners instead.
Medication and Personal Care Products
Don’t Flush It!
Drugs and personal care products should NEVER go down the drain, sink, or toilet.
Instead, pour the medication into a sealable plastic bag. If medication is solid, crush it or add water to dissolve. Add kitty litter, sawdust, or coffee grounds to the plastic bag. Seal the plastic bag and dispose in the trash along with personal care products.
Or, the Town has a Med Return Drug Collection Unit for dropping off old medications, this bin is located in the front office of the Monument Police Department.
Rain Barrels, and Water Sense Toilets and Irrigation Controllers
Program Rules and Qualifications:
Town of Monument water customers only;
Town of Monument customer account must be current. If account is past due, application will be denied;
Qualification checklist must be completed to receive rebate;
Receipt must be submitted with application;
Rebate will be denied if application is incomplete and/or receipt is not included;
New product purchase between 1/1/17-12/31/17;
Total of all rebates per account is limited to $150.00
Rebate of $50.00/barrel for up to two seal-able rain barrels (visit the water page for more information)
Rebate of $50.00 for a WaterSense toilet – one per account
Rebate of $100.00 for a WaterSense certified smart irrigation controller – one per account;
Rebate cannot exceed the purchase price;
Rebates are offered on a first come, first served basis and subject to the availability of funds;
Rebate will be credited to your water account;
Rain barrels, Toilet and/or irrigation controller must be installed at the Town of Monument service address;
Town of Monument reserves the right to verify installation of rebate item. If item was not installed, rebate will be denied;
All requirements of this program are subject to change at any time.
Please contact our Utility Billing Department with any questions at 719-884-8037.
Did You Know?
Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rainfall or snowmelt flows over the grounds surface. Impervious surfaces like roads, driveways, parking lots, rooftops and other non-porous surfaces do not allow water to soak into the ground. These surfaces increase stormwater runoff to drainage ditches, streams, creeks, detention ponds, and lakes.
Contaminated stormwater runoff is the number one cause of stream impairment in urban areas.
Did you know that if you live in the Town of Monument, your stormwater runoff ends up in Monument Lake, Monument Creek, or in our ground water?
The actions people take will impact the Town and downstream areas, resulting in stream impairment from contaminates that effect, aquatic life, our water quality, and our environment.
BE AWARE OF YOUR ACTIONS, THEY HAVE AN IMPACT!
Significant numbers of Colorado residents are unaware that stormwater runoff is not treated by conventional treatment methods before entering local creeks, streams, rivers, wetlands, and lakes.
By practicing healthy household habits, homeowners can keep common pollutants like pesticides, pet waste, grass clippings, and automotive fluids off the ground and out of stormwater.
Adopt these healthy household habits and help protect these precious resources.
Remember to share these tips with your neighbors to prevent stormwater pollution, because we are all downstream!
Remember, YOU are the key to reducing pollution that flows into our waterways! Your actions have an impact on the water cycle.