Simple Ways You Can Help Clean the Creek
Pick up the TRASH!
Wash your car at the car wash, or with
biodegradable soap. Don't keep the hose running between rinses
of oils, gasoline, paints and batteries at the local recycling center.
Monica City Recycling Center 2500 Michigan Ave.
gallon of paint or motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of water
gallon of gasoline can pollute 750,000 gallons of water
roof run off and rainwater in storage tanks to use for summer irrigation and
on-site fire protection.
systems can be really simple, like a covered trash can (keep
mosquitoes out!) to more complex cisterns.
manures and corralled animal wastes.
manual available with ideas.
trash cans so animals can t spread trash all over and into the creek.
your landscape thoughtfully. Watch those automatic systems that create runoff,
spray at mid day, or come on during the rain!
use of herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers that can runoff your landscape
and into the creek. They are usually not target specific. Be sure to read
directions carefully and pay attention to dilutions.
water. 85% of the water you use has traveled over 300 miles to get here!
Systems can help reduce the amount of water handled by the septic system, but
can also pose health risks unless they drain into the ground. No direct
before you Pour!
Topanga, what goes down the drain or down the road/hill
eventually turns up in the creek and then at Topanga Beach!
and Feeding of Your Septic System
Watershed Committee Meeting, April 1999
amount of water entering the system simultaneously! Don t overload!
leaks. A leaky toilet can add 2000 gallons to your system in a day!
all toxic chemicals out of the system. They destroy the bacteria that keep a
system working and can leach into the environment causing further damage.
amount of non-organic material entering the system. If you didn t eat
it, then think twice before putting it into the system!
non-toxic soaps and cleaners. Forget about bleach unless very dilute! It
kills all the friendly bacteria that make your system work.
your veggie waste instead of grinding in garbage disposal. Meat, cheese and
all fat leftovers should go to the trash.
cooking oils and grease into old cans for proper disposal in the trash.
hair and disposable diapers out of the system!
a low flow toilet.
toilet paper sparingly. Non-bleached are most friendly.
enzymes are not a good idea. They stimulate a short burst of bacterial
activity, cause a bloom and dieback of the critters, which then creates more
suspended solids that go into your drainfield and clog up the works. Your gut
provides sufficient bacteria to keep your system working.
a low maintenance filter to the outlet of the tank. For several hundred
dollars you can extend the life of your drainfield for a long time.
out the tank every 6-8 years. Pump when the scum and sludge layers get too
thick. Research has shown that it takes 3-5 years for a happy colony of methane
decomposing bacteria to get established, and they are the most efficient
sure that nothing from the septic system daylights or flows
directly out on the ground. If it does, you are polluting and need to fix it
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