Ways to Protect Our Water & What You Can Do to Help
Centerville City has a source protection plan that helps protect Centerville’s water. Two-thirds of our water comes from deep wells and one-third is bought from Weber Basin Water. The water you drink could be easily polluted by:
- Lawn and garden chemicals
- Used motor oil
All this can be washed down the gutter and can filter down through the ground aquifer. Please note that we have a source protection plan and it can be reviewed at the Centerville City Public Works Department located at 655 N 1250 W in Centerville.
This information is provided to help you protect our water, but it is the sole responsibility of the owner of the product to dispose of all hazardous waste in an appropriate manner.
Facts to consider:
- 1 gallon of gasoline can pollute up to 600,000 gallons of ground water.
- 1 gram of 2-4d (a common household herbicide ) can contaminate 2.6 million gallons of drinking water.
- 4 quarts of oil can cause an 8-acre oil slick if spilled or dumped down a storm drain.
Tips for Specific Substances/Items
Auto Radiator Fluid
When you buy new fluid, see if they will take the old antifreeze back. Drain it into a container for recycling. Hazardous waste should be properly disposed of by recycling.
Questions & Contacts
For questions about recycling or disposing of hazardous waste, if you live in Davis County, call Davis County Health Department, Environmental Health Division at 801-451-3296.
Other departments/divisions you can call are:
- Division of Drinking Water Source Protection Program
- Department of Agriculture
- Environmental Hotline
- Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste
- Dispose of batteries properly.
- Turn your old battery back in for a new one.
- Don’t store old batteries out where they can leak into the ground.
Fertilizers & Pesticides
- Read labels and follow the directions on the container.
- Try to buy only the amount needed for the job.
- Don’t over treat your lawn or trees. Try to only spot treat an area when possible.
- Do not throw away any of the leftovers. Do not pour leftover fluids down the toilet, floor drain or sink.
- Don’t let any run into the road or down the gutter.
- Before you throw a container in the trash, it needs to be triple rinsed. A rinsed container can be used for future pesticide/fertilizer formulations.
- Do not spray or apply around wells or a conduit to the ground.
- Clean up spills as fast and safely as possible.
When you purchase oil for an oil change, ask if you can bring your used oil back for recycling. Davis County Environmental Health Division has a complete list of locations that accept oil. Some locations are:
- Auto Zone
615 S 500 W
Bountiful, UT 84010
- Express Care
55 W 400 N
Centerville, UT 84014
- Jiffy Lube
180 N 500 W or 327 W 500 S
Bountiful, UT 84010
Call the Davis County Environmental Health Division at 801-451-3296 for more information.
If there is paint left in the container, let it dry up by leaving the lid off. In addition, kitty litter or sawdust can be added to the paint, and then leave the lid off and let it dry. You can throw the container away after the paint has had a chance to dry completely.