Small Ways to Help Every Day

dripping faucets waste thousands of gallons of water each year

Water Faucet | Wisconsin Dept of Natural Resources

Rivers are not only great for recreation, but they are the primary source of clean water for most Americans. Taking care of rivers is everyone’s business – not only keeping trash and other pollution out of the river, but helping to manage how much is taken out. Here are some ways to help.

Conserve Water

Our nation’s water supplies are under increasing stress from the needs of our growing population, development, energy production, irrigated agriculture, and the challenges brought by climate change. Here are 10 ways to help reduce the amount of water you use every day.

Save Energy and Save Water, Too

Energy and water use are tightly connected. We use energy to pump and treat drinking water and wastewater. And water is used in energy production, both in cooling water for many of today’s power plants as well as in certain energy production, such as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). Discover ways to save energy, save water and save some money.

Keep Drugs and Personal Care Items Out

Pharmaceutical drugs are of particular concern because not only have they been found in surface waters, but they may also be present in our drinking water. In 2008, the Associated Press released a report that found that pharmaceuticals, hormones, and other organic wastewater compounds (OWCs) were found in the drinking water supplies for 24 metropolitan areas, affecting over 41 million people. Chronic exposure could lead to adverse health effects for people and aquatic organisms that are continuously exposed to them. Learn more about how pharmaceuticals are affecting your drinking water.