Peachtree City is asking residents to limit outdoor chemical use to protect local waterways. Courtesy Fayette County

Peachtree City promotes water quality measures

As part of a public education campaign to address the “significant threat” posed by pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers that run off into local lakes and streams, Peachtree City has issued a water quality reminder to residents.

In it, the city asks that property owners limit their use of such chemicals and spot-treat weeds rather than use broadcast spreaders. Chemicals should not be applied when heavy rain is predicted, and unused portions should be properly disposed of rather than dumped down storm drains.

The city recommends keeping lawn areas small and allowing larger portions of yards to remain in a natural state with trees and other native vegetation that require little or no fertilizer.

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