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Improving water quality

August is National Water Quality Month. Whether it is flowing from your faucet, or into the storm drain, all water matters and keeping our water clean is important, all year round.

Did you know?

  • A sprinkler leak about as small as the tip of a ballpoint can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month.
  • Chlorine from swimming pools that drain to our lakes and rivers is poisonous to fish, even at very low levels. If it’s on the ground, it’s in our water.
  • Up to 50% of the water used outdoors is lost to evaporation due to inefficient lawn watering.
  • Used oil from a single oil change can pollute to one million gallons of freshwater.

Visit the Mid-America Regional Councils “Facts and Stats” page to learn how everyday behaviors can adversely affect water quality, including indoor and outdoor activities.