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What can you do to help protect your watershed?

Here are some energy facts about used motor oil...

Two gallons of oil can provide enough electricity to run an average household for a day, cook 48 meals in a microwave oven, blow dry your hair 216 times, vacuum your house for 15 months, or watch television for 180 hours. If you change your own oil, be sure to recycle it by taking it to any local service station that changes oil.

Remember, everything drains to the lake!

Do you change your own motor oil?

If poured out on the ground, one quart of motor oil can seep into groundwater and pollute 250,000 gallons of drinking water. Take your used oil in a sealed, unbreakable container to a local service station for recycling. Keep your car maintained to save gas and to reduce leaking oil, coolant, antifreeze and other hazardous fluids. Call your local Cornell Cooperative Extension for more information.

Be sure to do your part!

Household Hazardous Waste

Did you know that many cleaners, paints, pest killers, and other household chemicals we use in our homes and businesses are actually toxic to humans, other animals and the environment? They can contaminate groundwater, lakes and streams. Use these products with care and according to directions. To protect your drinking water, try using less toxic cleaning alternatives, such as baking soda and vinegar, and use water-based paints. We each can do our part by buying carefully and disposing of leftover chemicals properly.

Protecting the watershed is everyone's job!


Call your local Cornell Cooperative Extension for more information on proper disposal of used motor oil and household hazardous wastes.

These tips brought to you by the Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization.




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