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Help Protect Your Home and Our Water

07/19/22 09:45:am

Water flows through every part of our life.  Rain either soaks into the ground, evaporates, or flows over the land’s surface and collects in rivers, streams, lakes or deep underground. 

That collected water is pumped out of our lake by drinking water utilities for use in our homes and then piped to water reclamation facilities, where it is cleaned and returned to the lake. We use this water every day. Every place we go, we interact with the water. We are part of water’s urban cycle.

We need to protect our water for our health, our community, and the environment's health . Since the water we use in and around our homes returns to Lake Michigan, our actions in and around our homes can help protect our rivers and Lake Michigan. Watch the animation to learn about the urban water cycle and ways you can help protect your home and our water. 

Other Ways You Can Protect The Environment and Our Water

MMSD Water Drop Alert

Text: WATERDROP to 414-296-4422 for Española texto GOTADEAGUA a 414-296-4422

Receive Water Drop Alert text messages when heavy rain threatens the area. When a Water Drop Alert has been issued, a reminder is sent to use less water.

What do you do when an alert is issued?

  • Hold off on washing dishes and laundry
  • Take a shorter shower 
  • Empty your rain barrel
Only flush the three Ps - pee, poo, toilet paper

What Can I Flush Down the Toilet? 

Any items flushed other than toilet paper can create costly clogs in your home pipes, our community sewer pipes, and our water reclamation facilities. Learn what items you should not flush down your toilet.

One Water Our Water


There is only One Water—Our Water. It’s up to all of us to ensure our water is clean and safe for everyone to use and enjoy.