The goal of the District’s Pollution Prevention Program is to reduce or eliminate the use of substances that are not easily removed during wastewater treatment, and to ensure that they are disposed of properly when used.
District Employees Partnering with MedDrop
This is accomplished by working closely with homeowners, schools, businesses, industries, health care facilities and other partners. For example, the District is:
- Reducing chloride (salt) use, with a focus on commercial and residential water softening, deicing activities and industrial use
- Reducing mercury levels by requiring dental clinics to install devices that capture mercury and prevent it from going down the drain
- Partnering with the Safe Communities MedDrop Program to provide a safe disposal option for unused medications
Pollution prevention activities also involve identifying safe disposal methods for products that do not break down in water when flushed, like baby wipes. Even many items that are marketed as disposable and/or flushable do not break down and can end up clogging pipes, causing problems in both homes and at the wastewater treatment plant.
District staff also works with specific industries through our Pretreatment Program to ensure that discharges meet limits and requirements established by the District, as well as those developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
We all have a role to play in producing clean water and returning it safely to the environment. To find out how you can help produce clean water, click on the Clean Water Tips links and view the flushable poster.