LEWISBORO, N.Y. – The Lewisboro Town Board will be reaching out to residents this spring in hopes of educating them about how to reduce pollution in the town’s lakes, streams and drinking water.
“We have to conform to New York State law about stormwater runoff,” said Supervisor Peter Parsons. “It requires us to do something tangible each year to educate the people.”
What the town has chosen to do is provide a list of tips that will be listed in spring edition of the 2012 Parks & Rec brochure. Parson said the town board will work with Recreation Director Dana Mayclim on the project.
Another option the town had was to convert the tips into a flier that would have been inserted into the tax bill mailings. Parsons said he was trying to avoid the extra costs that would incur and said he believed that including them in the brochure would be enough to fulfill the town’s obligation to state law.
The tip sheet for reducing pollution calls on Lewisboro residents to maintain their septic systems. It notes that failing septic systems can contaminate groundwater, drinking water and surface flows.
“Septic systems should be pumped and inspected regularly to keep the solids from damaging the fields,” the tip sheet states. “Fix leaky faucets and toilets. Don’t pour chemicals, paints, fats or excess medicines down your pipes.”
Car care is also addressed. The tip sheet cautions residents to inspect and maintain their cars regularly to prevent leaks that could end up in groundwater.
“Little drops of oil and gas add up,” the tip sheet reads. “One pint of oil can cause an oil slick the size of a football field. Take used motor oil to service stations and other fluids to approved recycling programs.”
Residents are also warned not to use storm drains to dispose of waste.
“All of our storm drains lead eventually to someone’s drinking water,” the tip sheet says. “Don’t dispose of waste down the drain or into any ditches or swales that convey stormwater.”