How You Can Help

The City of Lafayette is improving water quality in the Wabash River and other streams with significant investments in its sanitary and stormwater capital programs, but every little bit helps. Residents can do their part to keep local waterways clean by following these simple tips:
  • Conserve water. Healthy lawns only need 1 inch of water per week. Water as needed during the cool times of the day, and prevent water from flowing into a storm drain.
  • Use insecticides, herbicides and fertilizers appropriately. Review the instructions for proper use before applying these chemicals to your lawn or garden.
  • Go green. Reduce impervious surfaces such as paved areas on your property, and increase the amount of vegetated area in your yard. Also, consider innovative approaches to stormwater management, such as using rain barrels, planting rain gardens or installing green roofs.
  • Pick up after your pet. Clean up your pet's waste. Stormwater can wash pet waste into our waterways, which can be harmful to fish and aquatic life.
  • Wash your car or truck at a car wash instead of in your driveway. Car washes treat and filter water so it can be reused.
  • Lend a helping hand. Clear trash and debris from storm drains and driveway pipes to prevent clogs, and dispose of the trash properly.
  • Dispose of paint, motor oil and cleaning products properly. Contact the Lafayette Sanitation Department at 765-807-1411 or visit the Sanitation Department webpage for more information.
  • Report drainage problems and illegal dumping. Visit the Citizen Request Tracker online to report a problem in your neighborhood or call 765-807-1036.
Learn More
Residents can learn more practical ways to improve water quality by visiting the Indiana Department of Environmental Management website or visiting one of the local water quality organizations listed below.