Action spotlight: Mercury matters
Help us educate residents about proper disposal of mercury
This summer, the District conducted a survey of community residents about their attitudes and behaviors related to water. One set of questions in the survey asked about the prevalence of pollutants in homes that we’re trying to keep out of the sewer system, including mercury.
The responses indicated that most residents have some form of mercury in their home:
- 72% have fluorescent light bulbs, including compact fluorescent light bulbs.
- 17% have thermometers containing mercury.
- 7% (!) have liquid or elemental mercury.
A miniscule amount of mercury can cause the District's treated wastewater to exceed target concentrations for our region, so we want all this remaining mercury to be properly disposed of so it doesn't end up in the sewer.
Find newsletter content to educate residents about mercury reduction at the link below.