Water Wednesday ‘Fun Water Facts’

  • Did you know approximately 80 percent of Springfield’s drinking water comes from surface waters (lakes, rivers) and the rest from ground water (wells, spring)?  City Utilities’ Fulbright and Blackman Water Treatment Plants use a combination of sources for water treatment, including both surface and ground water.  Fulbright is located on the northern edge of Springfield and is served by Fulbright Spring, the original source for the city, along with a deep well and McDaniel Lake.  The Blackman plant is in the southeastern corner of the city and receives water from Fellows Lake, Stockton Lake and/or the James River.
  • Did you know if you are on a private drinking water well EPA recommends to have your well tested at least once a year? You can call your local Health Department to check for current water testing fees. If you live in Greene County, visit the Springfield-Greene County Health Department Water Testing website: https://www.springfieldmo.gov/2933/Water-Testing
  • Did you know that Non-point source (NPS) pollution is the leading remaining cause of water quality problems in our local watersheds, and our national watersheds? Unlike pollution from industrial and sewage treatment plants, nonpoint source (NPS) pollution comes from many diffuse sources. NPS pollution is caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over and through the ground. As the runoff moves, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, finally depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters and ground waters.
  • Did you know the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks has been working over 33 years to improve and sustain the drinking supplies of Springfield and Greene County through education and effective management of the regions resources? Visit our website for more information on water quality, our projects, education and outreach and how you can get involved. www.watershedcommittee.org
  • Did you know this is National Water Quality Month and everyone can make a difference?

At home you can plant native plants in your yard, install a rain barrel for outdoor watering, install low-flow faucets and shower heads, take shorter showers, fix leaks, don’t overwater your lawn and monitor your water usage on your water bill-save water and save money!