Press Releases
September 18, 2017 

Image 1: Fatberg

Fatbergs didn’t sink the Titanic, but they can sure slow the flow of wastewater. A fatberg recovered from Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District’s pipes reveals the ugly truth: wipes, feminine hygiene products and grease aren’t flushable!
 

Image 2: Rag Snake

Fatbergs and rag snakes create costly maintenance problems that ultimately result in higher costs for customers in the 26 communities served by the district. Here, district mechanic Jeremy Olson removes a rag snake from a forcemain at Pumping Station 10.

Sector-Specific Resources

Pollution prevention resources and recommendations vary between sectors, since different types of facilities and organizations may handle different pollutants. Below are links to pages with pollution prevention information specific to certain sectors:

Contacts

Emily Jones, Pollution Prevention Specialist
EmilyJ@madsewer.org

Catherine Harris, Pollution Prevention Specialist
CatherineH@madsewer.org

Pollution Prevention

Mercury Chloride (Salt) Phosphorus Pharmaceuticals Non-Flushables

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.