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.