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Be Careful What You Put Down the Drain, As Well As Where You Drain

22 April 2011  
Those leftover drugs just may cause harm.

waterrunningamuckPain in the Drain

Not sure what is the best way to dispose of expired prescription drugs? Follow the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's prescription drug disposal guidelines and protect our local water sources.

  • Dispose of medicines and household chemicals properly, so they don’t end up in the drinking water supply.
  • Check with your local solid waste program to find out about collection events that include pharmaceuticals.
  • Don't flush prescription drugs down the toilet unless the accompanying patient information states that it is OK to do so.
  • Before discarding prescription drugs, in the trash, take them out of the container, mix them with coffee grounds or or other undesirable substance, and place in an impermeable, nondescript container.
  • Ask your local pharmacy about pharmaceutical take-back programs.

A county-wide Dump the Drugs Day is on April 30.

Don’t Let Run-Off Run Amok

Is your irrigation watering the sidewalk? Maintain your system so that it waters your plants, grass, trees and all --- not your sidewalk, driveway, street or wall.

  • Adjust sprinklers so only landscape is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
  • Check all hoses, connectors, and spigots regularly. Repair leaks as necessary.
  • Spray your lawns with only as much water as the ground can absorb; areas with hard compacted soils may need to be watered in increments.
  • If your sprinkler is on a timer, be sure it turns off after the correct amount of time, and repair sprinkler valves that stick and cause the sprinkler to run endlessly.
  • Don't want to DIY? Find a landscape professional experienced with irrigation and landscaping in your region.
  • Don't use a sprinkler meant to water a 15-foot area when an eight-foot sprinkler will do.