March 22 is World Water Day

Today is World Water Day! Every year, March 22 is focused on taking action to tackle the global water crisis. This year’s theme is ‘Why Wastewater?’, which supports improving water quality and reducing treating and reusing wastewater. 663 million people live without a safe water supply close to home. Many of the unsafe water supplies around the world are contaminated by wastewater. How our wastewater is transported, treated and disposed directly relates to the health of our watershed. We are very fortunate to have a safe drinking water supply and continuing to protect that is important for our health, economy and quality of life. Do you know where your wastewater goes? If you live in the city of Springfield, your wastewater probably goes to the city sanitary sewer collection system and is carried to two award-winning treatment facilities to learn more about these facilities visit: http://www.springfieldmo.gov/3260/Wastewater-Treatment-Plants. If you live in a rural area, you might have an onsite wastewater system also known as a septic tank to learn how to properly maintain your onsite wastewater system download our educational factsheet here: http://watershedcommittee.org//wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Maintaining-OWTS_updated.pdf

Stacey Armstrong Smith
Projects Manager