Beyond the environmental benefits of pollution prevention, municipalities served by the District stand to benefit as customers by preventing pollution from reaching the treatment plant. A major goal of the District's pollution prevention work is to avoid the need to construct facility upgrades to remove pollutants of concern, since upgrades would be expensive and relatively inefficient in reducing pollution overall. The expense of facility upgrades would be passed along to our customers in sewer rates, so pollution prevention is an effort to protect water quality while keeping rates as low as possible.
As a municipality, you can assist the District in its pollution prevention efforts by minimizing pollution in municipal buildings, encouraging businesses in your municipality to enact pollution prevention measures, and educating residents about what they can do to reduce pollution. This page includes some specific steps you can take to minimize pollutants that the District is focusing on reducing at the treatment plant: