Water Wisdoms | January 2021 Newsletter
Green Goals for 2021
Have you set any goals to help protect the environment in 2021? If not, it's never too late! Below are some simple tips related to water conservation and pollution prevention that can make a big difference.
Water Conservation
Using less water in your home and sending less wastewater to our regional treatment plant for cleaning means more green in your pocket! Water conservation also offers a variety of positive environmental impacts, like decreasing the amount of power needed to pump and treat water and protecting the rivers and lakes that we all depend on. Here are a few easy ways to cut down your everyday water usage:
  • Install water-saving toilets and shower heads as well as faucet aerators.
  • Shorten showers to five minutes - using a timer can help.
  • Wash and rinse laundry with cold water and run full loads whenever possible.

For more tips from the Springfield Utility Board, click here. To calculate your household's water usage using the Alliance for Water Efficiency's water calculator, click here.
Fats, Oils, and Grease Disposal
A 400-pound fatberg recently arrived at our wastewater treatment plant, completely blocking one of our bar screens used for removing large solids from water. This was a result of fats, oils, and grease mixing with non-biodegradable solids in the wastewater system. Help us prevent future fatbergs from forming by disposing of fats, oils, and grease properly in your trash can, rather than pouring them down the drain, and wiping pots, pans, and dishes with a paper towel before washing them. This will save you money too by preventing costly plumbing repairs! For more pollution prevention tips, click here.
Did you Know?
Did you know that we offer presentations to community groups? We have a lot of exciting things to share about, from construction of biogas purification facilities that will convert biogas into a renewable natural gas, to plans for recycled water use, and of course the 31 million gallons of wastewater we clean each day. If your business, civic group, or trade organization would like to learn more about the MWMC and the role we play in cleaning wastewater in a sustainable manner for the Eugene-Springfield community, please reach out to us at mwmcpartners@springfield-or.gov to schedule a virtual presentation.
MWMC Staff Assist Luper Pioneer Cemetery with Invasive Plant Control
The Luper Pioneer Cemetery, a neighbor of the MWMC Biosolids Management Facility and Biocycle Farm, recently included a thank you to our staff in their newsletter for assisting with invasive plant control. They also thanked our team for maintaining the road and parking lot between the cemetery and our property, which is used by cemetery visitors, in addition to our staff. The MWMC is happy to assist in these efforts and appreciates the kind recognition by the Luper Pioneer Cemetery team.