National Drinking Water Week is May 6-12, and this year's theme is “Protect the Source.” There are a variety of ways we can help protect and preserve our source water so it’s available for future generations.
Along with the American Water Works Association and the U.S. water community, we are celebrating Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role drinking water plays in our daily lives. We encourage you to learn more about your drinking water, the sources as well as the treatment processes used to provide safe, reliable water to your home or business.
Where your tap water come from - Sources of M.U.D. water include the Missouri and Platte Rivers and the Dakota sandstone aquifer. Water is pumped from intakes and wells maintained by the District.
How your water is treated - Our three water treatment plants follow a four-step process, including softening, clarifying, filtering and disinfecting the water, to meet federal and state drinking water standards. We run more than 1,000 tests a day to ensure your tap water is safe to drink.
How you can help protect the drinking water supply and quality:
- Reduce the use of fertilizers, pesticides and toxic cleaners.
- Do not flush medications down the toilet. Participate in a "Take Back Drug" program or contact your pharmacy for disposal suggestions.
- Do not dump trash, used motor oil or other waste into storm sewers.
- Donate unused paint to community groups or take it to a household hazardous waste collection facility like Under the Sink at 4001 South 120th Street, which serves Douglas and Sarpy counties. For hours and a list of items accepted, visit Under the Sink.