When water goes down the drain, it doesn't just go away. It travels through the sewer system to Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District's Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant before being returned to the environment. While many pollutants are removed at the plant, returning safe, fishable and swimmable water to nature, some pollutants are not removed from wastewater. By preventing these pollutants from reaching the plant in the first place, we can help protect clean water while keeping sewer bills low.
There are three principles guiding the District's pollution prevention work: Conserve, Protect, and Reflect.
- Conserve water to ensure an adequate supply of clean, fresh water for future generations.
- Protect water from pollutants that could threaten human health or the environment.
- Reflect the value of water in your actions.
What You Can Do
The District is focusing on reducing the pollutants below. You are an important partner in our pollution prevention work, since every bit of reduction helps. Click on a pollutant below to learn more about what you can do to keep that substance out of the sewer and our waters.