Everybody has a role to play in preserving/improving the quality of water in the Estero River, Halfway Creek, and Estero Bay. If each of us do our part, we can get their water quality back to where it needs to be.  There are some simple practices each resident can incorporate into our daily routines that will prevent pollutants from entering and harming our waterways.

Following are some suggestions.  If you know of others please, let us know and we will add them to our list.

Yard Maintenance

lawn chemicalsConsider implementing Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Homeowner Program practice into your own yard. These practices will help conserve water, require less fertilizer and require less maintenance.

Following are some resources.

Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Handbook.

The Florida Friendly Landscaping Guide to Plant Selection & Landscape Design.

Use the following best management practices to help reduce your impact on the environment

  • Do not apply fertilizers during the months of June – September as it is typically not needed and will often just runoff with the afternoon rain showers.
  • Only apply fertilizers when rainfall is not in the forecast. If it rains the fertilizer will be carried off your lawn and end up fertilizing our rivers and creeks.
  • Keep Grass Tall. Set your mower deck at 3 inches. This will promote a stringer more resilient lawn with deeper roots.  Reducing the fertilizer and irrigation needs.
  • Keep grass clippings on the lawn; clippings act as a natural fertilizer and should be kept out of our stormwater systems.
  • Don’t over irrigate. Too much water will weaken your lawn and require more irrigation.  Irrigate enough to keep lawn alive but it doesn’t have to be bright green all dry season.
  • Don’t irrigation during the summer. We get enough rain for your lawn and landscaping.
  • Irrigate only during allowed times:
    Odd street addresses may irrigate lawns and landscapes on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12 a.m. to 10 a.m. and/or 4 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
    Even street addresses may irrigate lawns and landscapes on Thursdays and Sundays from 12 a.m. to 10 a.m. and/or 4 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Septic Tanks

  • drain tankPump your tank every 4 to 5 years.
  • Avoid “flushable wipes.” These are four times thicker than toilet paper.
  • Protect your drain field.
    • Keep water away from the drain field. Direct stormwater away
    • Don’t park on the drain field. This compacts the drain field reducing its effectiveness.
    • Only install appropriate plantings over the drain field. No plants with deep roots that could ruin the drain fields.
  • Don’t overload the system. Distribute your laundry loads over the week to prevent a system overload.
  • Don’t dump household chemicals down the drain. Many household chemicals will harm the organisms in your septic tank that treat the waste.
  • Conserve water. Your septic tank will function better when it has to treat less water.
  • Consider working with The Village of Estero and your utility provider to switch from septic tank to central sewer.