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What Can You Do To Protect Water Quality?

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Click play below to hear radio ads on ways to help improving water quality! These ads were played on 97.5 FM!

 

Septic Systems

 

Rain Gardens

 

 

Lawn Care

 

Steps to Cleaner Water

 

  1. Maintain your septic system every 3-4 years.  Septic System Care

  2. Plant rain gardens around your home to catch storm water.  Click here toClick to here to learn about Rain Gardens! learn more at Rain Gardens of West Michigan.

  3. Pick up after your pet and throw the waste in the garbage. Pick up after your pet

  4. Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway. Car Washing
  5. Check for and fix oil leaks in mechanical equipment (ex. automobiles and lawn equipment).
  6. NEVER dump anything down storm drains.  Take all unwanted chemicals, paint, oil, etc, to designated collection sites. Hazardous waste disposal information for Berrien County & Hazardous waste disposal information for Cass and Van Buren County
  7. Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks, and roads. Lawn Care Practices
  8. Compost your yard waste and food waste into good gardening soil.
  9. Use environmentally friendly and biodegradable household cleaners, instead of chemically based cleaners.
  10. Install a water-efficient showerhead. They're inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.

  11. Close any abandoned wells on your property. They can act as conduits for contamination of groundwater. 

  12. Above and under ground fuel storage tanks are a major source of contamination. Check both regularly for leaks.

  13. Clean, Drain, Dry. That is the slogan to preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. With many of us going out on the water this summer, take a few moments to do your part to protect this valuable resource. Without your efforts, your favorite swimming or fishing spot could be changed forever. Click here to view a video to learn more! or click here to get more tips!

  14. Tips for Winter Water Conservation

 

Click here for a fact sheet on other things you can do at home to protect water quality

   

Click here to view ways to protect water quality! 

       

 View what a rain garden does!

Click here to view a presentation on rain gardens in southwest Michigan! 

 

Water saving tips

  • Set the water level on your washing machine to match the load amount.
  • Run the dishwasher when it is full and not partially full.
  • Purchase water efficient appliances. Learn more.

Other Tips:

 

What can we do to improve the infiltration of groundwater?

Join the Southwest Michigan Water Quality Partnership by clicking here!

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This page last updated on 1/9/2017.
 
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission  376 West Main Street  Suite 130  Benton Harbor, MI 49022-3651
Phone: 269.925.1137  Fax: 269.925.0288  Email: swmpc@swmpc.org
 
 
 

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