Keep Redmond Clean & Green

Aerial view of evergreen treesThe City has several programs dedicated to reducing or eliminating pollution before it causes environmental harm. The City's efforts are enhanced by Redmond residents and business owners taking action. A few easy steps and simple changes to habits can keep pollutants out of the environment and our water sources, keeping our drinking water clean.



Please continue reading for ways on how YOU , as a Redmond resident, visitor or business owner, can make a difference Where You Live and Where You Work.

Where You Live

  1. In your yard
  2. In your home
  3. In your neighborhood

Scoop the PoopGeorgia

Pet waste contains harmful bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella. Bacteria can be washed into storm drains after rainfall and then flow untreated into rivers, lakes, and streams. 

3 Easy Steps

  1. Scoop the poop – in trails, parks, and even your own backyard. 
  2. Bag it – use a plastic dog waste bag or grocery bag
  3. Put it in the trash – a garbage can is the only safe place for pet waste regardless of the bag. 

Yard CareBee-Natural Yard Care

Grow a healthy lawn that looks great year ’round while protecting Redmond’s water resources by proper use of lawn pesticides and fertilizers . 

  1. Mow higher, mow regularly, and leave the clippings on the lawn (“grasscycle”).
  2. If needed, fertilize moderately in September or May with a “natural organic” or “slow-release” fertilizer.
  3. Water deeply, but less frequently. Or let lawns go dormant in summer.
  4. Improve poor lawns with aeration, overseeding, and compost topdressing.
  5. Avoid using “weed & feed” and other pesticides – use less-toxic alternatives.
  6. Consider alternatives to lawns in shady areas, on slopes, and near waterways.

Download Natural Yard Care guide in English (PDF) or Cuidado Natural Del Jardin (Natural Yard Care) (PDF) to learn more about natural yard care.

Car Washing

WashingTruckWash your car at a commercial car wash because they are required to send polluted wash water to the sanitary sewer system where the water is treated and cleaned. By doing so, you prevent polluted water from entering storm drains which lead to our water sources without treatment. Read our Car Wash brochure in our Related Documents section for more information.



Heating Oil

HeatingOilTankA leaking heating oil tank has potential to contaminate soil, groundwater, surface water, and even neighboring properties. Property owners can be found liable for this contamination, as well as expensive cleanup costs.  

If you have a heating oil tank on your property the State of Washington offers Pollution Liability Insurance (PLIA) to assist with the cost of site cleanups. You must be register with PLIA prior to the start of any accidental release for cleanup costs to be covered. Visit the State of Washington Pollution Liability page.

Removing/Decommissioning

Leaking tanks and tanks no longer in use should be removed or decommissioned to reduce pollution impacts to the environment and owner liability.  

If you are removing or decommissioning an above ground or underground heating oil tank you are required to obtain a Tank Removal permit from the City of Redmond Fire Department, visit our Permits page for information on applying.

Septic

Septic systems are only designed to treat sewage from toilets, showers, sinks, dish waters, laundry washers, and other plumbing fixtures. Well operated and maintained septic systems help prevent pollution of groundwater, lakes, streams, and drinking water wells. 

Basic Practices

  • Never put any household chemical, or non-human waste into your sinks or toilets. Chemicals can destroy the bacteria in your system necessary to break down solids. 
  • Regularly inspect your system and pump your tank as necessary. 
  • Use water efficiently. Too much can allow solids to escape your tank and plug your drain field. 
  • Only plant grass over and near your septic system. Roots from nearby trees, or shrubs can clog and damage the drainfield or damage system pipes, or tanks.  
  • Never park or drive vehicles on any part of your septic system.

For detailed information visit King County Public Health – How to care for your septic system page, or EPA SepticSmart page.

SepticSmart-EnglishSepticSmart-Spanish

  1. Report an Issue


    Use the City’s request management system to report non-emergency issues, make requests, and find answers to common questions. 
    In case of emergency, call 911.

    Report Issue or Make Request

  1. Report Spills

    Phone: 425-556-2868

  1. Ken Waldo

    Program Administrator
    Phone: 425-556-2714

Related Documents

  1. Our Environment:
    The Big Picture


    See how we're keeping Redmond clean and green, and learn about the City’s environmental initiatives of Water, Air & Energy, and Land.

Where You Work

  1. Vehicle Washing
  2. Fats, Oils, Grease
  3. Hazardous Waste
  4. Dumpsters
  5. Spills

Wash your cars at a commercial car wash because they are required to send polluted wash water to the sanitary sewer system where the water is treated and cleaned. By doing so, you prevent polluted water from entering storm drains which lead to our water sources without treatment. Read our Car Wash brochure in our Related Documents section for more information.

  1. Water Conservation
  2. EnviroStars
  3. Pressure Washing
  4. Storm System
  5. Groundwater

Cascade Water Alliance offers FREE evaluations of automatic, in-ground sprinkler systems at qualifying commercial or multi-family properties.  An irrigation efficiency audit can help you use water more efficiently and lower your property’s water bill.  Check out the Cascade Irrigation Evaluation Application at: https://cascadewater.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Irrigation-System-Evaluation-Application.pdf