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Posted on: September 8, 2022

Protect Our Water Supply This Fall

Do not rake or blow leaves, grass, or debris into the street. Leaves can clog City storm sewers and cause localized flooding during heavy rains. Photo of fall leaves with tips on how to clean them up this fall.

Leaves also decompose and release phosphorous into the water, which can result in algae blooms and decreased oxygen for fish. 

How residents can help:

  • Start a compost pile, or add leaves to an existing one, to fertilize gardens in the summer. It provides necessary nutrients and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.
  • Use a mulching mower to chop leaves into small pieces, which will decompose directly on lawns. The leaf pieces can also be collected and spread around flowerbeds and shrubs as mulch.
  • If composting leaves is not an option, visit the DuPage County website for additional options at: dupagecounty.gov/OnlineRecyclingGuide

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