Protect Every Drop: How You Can Help Keep Our Water Clean

Caltrans Protect every drop campaign

As clean water grows scarcer and more precious, Caltrans wants everyone to Protect Every Drop. They’ve started a new campaign with that name to reduce water pollution.

“A little bit of maintenance can do a lot to protect the waterways,” explained Eli Rohl, a spokesperson for Caltrans.

The goal of the new crusade is to teach Californians “about the sources and pathways of stormwater pollution and to change behaviors of the public to reduce stormwater pollution in and around the state highway system,” according to the webpage Caltrans has set up.

Rohl said the goal is with wetter weather coming to give Californians some actual steps they “can do to keep debris from getting in the drain.”

Caltrans issued the following press release with the steps outlined.

With rain on the horizon, the Caltrans “Protect Every Drop” campaign is reminding Californians about five simple ways to help keep our waterways clean by reducing pollution on our state highways.

Rain washes auto fluids, and grime off vehicles and onto highways. This polluted stormwater often ends up in California’s streams, rivers, and coastal waters. Help keep waterways drinkable, swimmable and fishable by following these five simple tips to help reduce stormwater pollution:

  1. Keep your tires properly inflated. It decreases wear, improves gas mileage and makes tires less susceptible to blowouts.
  2. Regular vehicle maintenance. Fixing leaks helps prevent vehicle fluids from dripping on the highway and waterways.
  3. Keep your vehicle clean. Use a car wash facility that recycles water to get dirt and grime off vehicles before they end up in storm drains.
  4. Properly dispose of trash and recycling. Properly dispose of trash and recycling before they fly from a window or truck bed, and into a storm drain.
  5. Tarp and tie down loads. When hauling loads, make sure that items are properly secured with tarps and tie downs so they don’t fly out of truck beds.


By following these simple tips you can help keep California’s precious water clean.

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  • We put hay bails around the drain to catch oils and stuff,there’s 4 houses on our road,it all runs down thru our prop.when they get black we helps.better than running to the ocean

  • I maybe wrong but I dont believe any of the carwashes in our county use recycled water, I was told that they dont even treat the wastewater produce.

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