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Keeping Our Local Waterways Healthy

July 4, 2018 12:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Hillsborough NC Custom Home Builder Collins Design-Build notes that we all enjoy the benefits of having healthy local water resources – and that means we all have an important role to play in keeping our waterways safe and healthy for everyone to enjoy.

After it rains or snows, the excess flow of water — and the contaminants that it carries — can pollute local water sources. That’s why managing this storm water runoff is essential to maintain the health of native fish and wildlife, as well as the quality of water that your family uses every day. It also helps to reduce flooding. This is called storm water management.

Home builders control storm water runoff during construction by installing silt fences or rows of hay bales, digging retention ponds and/or by using other measures. But once a community is completed, home owners have a responsibility to help ensure that our local waterways remain clean and healthy.

You may not even realize how you could be endangering our local water — or the simple steps you can take to protect it.

Think Twice Before Fertilizing

When it rains, lawns that are over-fertilized can wash pesticides and herbicides into the storm drains on your street, eventually carrying it to the local water source — possibly the source of your drinking water.


Before you spend the time and money to fertilize your lawn, you should perform a simple soil test to determine if fertilization is even necessary. Most garden and home-improvement stores sell soil test kits that you can easily use at home.

If you do need to fertilize your lawn:

  • Keep it on the grass, use it sparingly, and consider using organic products
  • Hold off if there is a chance of a rain storm shortly after applying it to your lawn
  • When you mow, don’t bag the grass. The clippings will naturally fertilize your lawn. But sweep those fertilizer-rich clippings off the sidewalk and roadway so they don’t go down the storm drain.

Plant it Yourself: Trees and Gardens

Enhancing your yard with new trees, flowers and shrubs is great way to help keep polluted storm water from reaching storm drains. A tree’s roots help rain water filter back into the soil, cutting down on excess runoff. As an added benefit, trees can help cut summer cooling costs by providing shade to the home, and in many cases they help to increase the value of your home. In your garden, consider plants that are native to your region. They require less water and nutrients to survive and are more resistant to pests and disease — therefore less fertilization is required.

Let it Rain Into Your Barrel

Rain barrels collect storm water runoff from a home’s roof via the rain gutters. They hold the water temporarily, cutting down on the amount of water that reaches the sewer system. The water can then be used to water lawns and gardens.

Use Caution When Washing Your Car

When you fill up a bucket of soapy water to wash your car, the phosphates and other chemicals in the soap will likely run down your driveway and into the storm drain. Not to mention all of the dirt, oil, antifreeze and other automobile fluids that you are likely washing off your car. Use soap sparingly and be sure to dump the excess water in the sink, not in the street. Or, consider washing your car on gravel or a grassy area so the ground can filter the water.

For more information on storm water management and other environmental initiatives, Hillsborough NC Builder Collins Design Build.




Chad & Emilee Collins

An unlimited licensed general contractor as well as a licensed home inspector, custom home builder Chad Collins transforms clients’ dreams into elegant, fashionable, timeless homes while maintaining a reputation for skilled craftsmanship, superior quality, and incomparable client service. Collins Design-Build is consistently ranked by the Triangle Business Journal as one of the top custom home builders in the Triangle.

Chad’s commitment to excellence has earned Collins Design-Build numerous top industry awards, including the National Certified Green Professional Builder of the Year. The Durham, Orange & Chatham’s Builder of the Year, and twice awarded the coveted Triangle Sales and Marketing Council’s MAME Building Company of the Year. Chad is one of fewer than 50 Accredited Master Builders in the state of North Carolina.

From the outset of his career, Chad quickly impressed others with his professionalism, integrity, and astute operations management skills. While in high school and college, Chad worked part time with home improvement retailers and building material suppliers, which opened opportunities to work for regional and national home builders throughout much of the 1990s. Chad capitalized on these experiences with local and regional builders to acquire considerable industry knowledge and to forge strong relationships.

Earlier in his career, Chad served as a team leader to local and regional production home builders, distinguishing him by developing processes, tools, and quality-driven teams that improved ROI, cut annual costs, reduced project completion time, and decreased attrition. As a result, Chad advanced to increasingly through management positions. Evidence of his talent for coaching and leading teams is that some of the team members and craftsmen he developed over a decade ago continue to work with him to this day.

Following that success, Chad was recruited by a national builder opening operations in the Triangle, and he played an important role in helping the company establish operations with a market presence in the region. His efforts in closing just under $6,000,000 in custom homes in a single year earned Chad the 2001 Builder of the Year award.

Chad has earned the highest designations available, such as Accredited Master Builder, Master Certified Green Professional, and Aging-in-Place Specialist. Among other industry recognition’s, the company has received multiple Best Green Built Home STARS Awards, Major Renovation Awards and the coveted Parade of Homes GOLD Award.

Prior to being elected as the President of the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties, serving over 600 members, Chad was nominated to a five-year term with the North Carolina Home Builders Association as regional vice president; serving the largest territory region in the nation.

Throughout his career, he has served on various boards of directors and has earned numerous top awards for membership recruitment from the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties; the North Carolina Home Builders Association; the National Association of Home Builders; the Triangle Community Coalition; and the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce.

Chad is honored to be an approved speaker for the National Association of Home Builders Chad has written and taught several courses on green building as well as project management to fellow builders across the Southern United States. He is also an instructor for Duke University’s OLLI Continuing Education Program, serving as the Aging-in-Place Specialist.


For more information and how Collins Design-Build may serve you please connect with us through the following:

  • Home Building/Remodeling/Additions/ Consultations:

Collins Design-Build, Inc.   www.collinsdesignbuild.com

  • To find a lot or land / Buy or sell existing Real Estate:

Emilee Collins, REALTOR  www.collinsdesignrealty.com

  • To learn more about Aging In Place or how to make your existing home accessible:

Planning Tomorrow  www.planningtomorrow.com

  • Have your existing home painted by our award winning professionals:

Acento Painting, LLC  www.acentopainting.com

Chad direct line 919-422-2818  | Chad’s Email chad@collinsdesignbuild.com


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