We all need to do our part to protect and improve the quality of water in our local creeks, lake and wetlands. Rainwater that runs off of our yards and streets flows into storm drains and directly into the nearest body of water without treatment.
Through simple actions in our daily lives, we can help keep pollutants out of stormwater and keep our local waterways clean and healthy.
Pollutants such as construction materials, oil, paint, silt, sediment, and soaps (including biodegradable soap) that enter the storm drainage system flow to the nearest wetland, stream, or lake without treatment and are considered illicit discharges. An illicit discharge into the city storm drain system, surface water, or ground water violates the Kirkland Municipal Code (KMC 15.52) and may subject the violator(s) to fines and/or cleanup costs imposed by City and/or State agencies (KMC 1.12)
Call 425-587-3900 to report spills, water pollution, and flooding. Report other drainage or stormwater concerns to the Our Kirkland Customer Service Portal.
Car Washing - Use a commercial car wash to keep pollution out of our streams.
Pet Waste - Pick up your pet’s waste, bag it and place it in the trash.
Yard Care - Grow a beautiful lawn and garden while protecting your family’s health and the environment.
Vehicle Maintenance - Safely maintain your car and fix vehicle leaks.
Paint - Planning a painting project? Be sure to take some simple steps to protect the environment.
School Programs – Learn about the importance of water quality and watershed health through fun and exciting field trips and classroom activities that are available to Kirkland’s schools.
Volunteer - Join a stream restoration project or mark storm drains in your neighborhood.
Pollution Prevention Tips:
General Residential (PDF - 1MB)
Pressure Washing (PDF - 697k)
Moss Control (PDF - 775k)
Hot Tub and Pool Water (PDF - 1MB)
Painting (PDF - 726k)
Stormwater System Maintenance – Stormwater maintenance crews protect water quality by removing dirt and oil from storm drains.
Private Stormwater Maintenance Program- The City of Kirkland works with local property owners to ensure that all stormwater systems receive periodic inspection and maintenance.
Business Pollution Prevention- The City of Kirkland inspects businesses and works with them to prevent pollutants from entering private and public storm drains