Pollution Prevention Week 2018
The district is observing Pollution Prevention Week, September 17 to 23, to highlight the district's work to reduce water pollution and actions you can take to help. Everyone can play a role in protecting our local waters from pollutants like chloride, mercury, pharmaceuticals and phosphorus. This week and beyond, take action to reduce pollution.
- Take a hard hat tour: On Friday, September 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., the public is invited to a free, in-depth tour of the district's Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant to learn how the district cleans water and recycles resources. This tour is open to participants 12 and older. Sign up here.
- Connect with the district: Follow the district on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on pollution prevention activities and other district news.
- Prevent water pollution: Take these steps to keep pollution out of our waters:
- Safely dispose of unused household medications at a MedDrop location.
- Keep leaves out of the street this fall to prevent nutrient runoff. Find more information about leaf-free streets.
- Bring hazardous household waste (including fuels, solvents, pesticides, fertilizer, mercury) to Dane County Clean Sweep for recycling or proper disposal - FREE with a voucher for Pollution Prevention Week! The voucher is good from September 17-29, 2018. Download voucher here.
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.
Click the links above to learn about specific pollutants that MMSD is working to reduce and how you can help. You can also find more resources and outreach materials at the links to the right.