Residential Resources

The following resources are meant to inform coastal residents of different ways to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff and better manage water resources in our communities. These include a variety of topics such as at-home landscaping tips, guidelines for proper waste disposal and septic system maintenance, our collection of immersive readers, and lots of additional educational resources!

Water-Smart Landscaping
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Disposal
  • Contacts for Local Household Hazardous Waste Programs (TCEQ): Guidance on how to find collection programs in your area to take HHW and other chemicals. View website
  • Household Hazardous Waste: A Guide for Texans (TCEQ): What is household hazardous waste, what can you do with it, and who can accept it? This guide provides information for homeowners related to household hazardous waste. View guide
  • What is a Hazardous Waste Permit? (EPA): The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's hazardous waste permitting program ensures the safe management of hazardous wastes. Under this program, EPA establishes requirements regarding the treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous wastes. Learn more
Septic Systems
  • How a Septic System Works - Interactive Model (GBRA): Click through an animated and interactive model created by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension to explore how septic systems work. View model
  • How to Maintain a Septic System (EPA): Regular maintenance is generally less expensive than the cost of repairing or replacing a malfunctioning system. View website
  • Signs of Septic System Failure (EPA): A foul odor isn’t always the first sign of a malfunctioning septic system. Learn how to detect issues with your septic system from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas Water Resources Institute. View flyer
  • What to do When Septic Systems Fail: (TCEQ) Even with careful upkeep, problems can arise. Click here for more resources from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) - from contacting local, licensed professionals to maintenance advice. View website
  • Septic Smart for Homeowners Printable Guides (EPA): Find a collection of comprehensive guides to septic systems for homeowners. View guides
Immersive Readers

Featured Resource

Whether you were born here or you just moved here, the choices you make can have an impact on our coastal waterways. Check out this handbook for ways to manage your water usage and reduce the impact of stormwater runoff in your own neighborhood.

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