Drinking Water Week 2018 – Protect the Source
In 1988, a bi-partisan joint congressional resolution, signed by President Ronald Reagan, established National Drinking Water Week. High quality water is essential to the health and vitality of industry and the communities we serve. However, the fact is that water service is so reliable and issues with water quality so infrequent that customers rarely take note of their water service until something goes wrong, such as a main break over the 4th of July weekend.
The theme for Drinking Water Week 2018 is Protect the Source. Our primary source of water is the Clackamas River. The river extends from Ollalie Butte on the slopes of Mount Hood to the confluence with the Willamette River at Oregon City. The river, and its tributaries, flow through pristine forests, farm land and urbanized areas. Every citizen between the headwaters and the mouth of the river can help protect the quality of our water source in many ways, both large and small. Some easy ways you can help are:
- Choose phosphate free detergents, soaps, and household cleaners – High levels of phosphates in water encourage algae growth that makes water taste and smell bad
- Use the appropriate amount of detergent – More is not better
- Minimize the use of pesticides in your yard and garden – Pesticides have been detected in water samples from the Clackamas River
- Always pick up pet feces – Dog waste is 57 times more toxic than human waste and can wash into local tributaries to the Clackamas
- Wash your car at commercial car washes – They are required to properly dispose of or recycle their waste water
- Repair leaks and dispose of used fluids properly – One quart of motor oil in the storm drain can contaminate a million gallons of water
- When recreating on our Clackamas River haul out what you bring in – Clackamas River Basin Council’s annual Down the River Clean-up has removed over 37 tons of trash
As we celebrate the water we drink this week, join us in protecting and preserving the quality of the source, our Clackamas River. To find out more about how you can help protect our source water, visit the Clackamas River Water Providers.