85% of Ann Arbor's drinking water comes
from the Huron River. Protect it.
Water Use
Don't Dump
Don’t dump anything down the storm
drain. These drains are connected to
piping that carries untreated storm
water to the river, so any material
that is dumped into the drain will end
up in the river.
Laundry Detergent
Use phosphate-free laundry
detergent. This reduces the
amount of phosphorous that
must be removed at the waste
water treatment plant. Most liquid
detergents are phosphate free;
just check the label.
Pill Bottle
Don't Flush Drugs
Do not flush unused medications.
Traces of over-the-counter and
prescription drugs have been
found in rivers. Dispose of unused
medications in the trash, or better
yet, check to see if your pharmacy
participates in Washtenaw County’s
pharmacy take-back program. Visit for more
information from the county on
proper disposal of prescription
drugs and personal care products.
60% of pollution in our waterways comes from non-
point sources. Unlike point source pollution, which
occurs at a single location such as a chemical factory,
non-point pollution comes from diffuse sources and is
caused by each of us.
Excess phosphorus in the Huron River becomes an
unbalanced nutrient promoting the growth of nuisance
algae, which is called an algal bloom. Under certain
conditions, algae will grow rapidly and degrade the
quality of water for wildlife, recreation, and drinking
water treatment.
36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water
shortages by 2013. Here are 5 easy ways to conserve water.
No Water?
Call the water treatment plant
immediately at 734.994.2840 if you
turn on the water faucet and nothing
comes out. This will help to quickly
assess the nature and extent of the
problem and take corrective action.
Run Full Loads
Only do laundry or run the
dishwasher when you have a full
load. Dishwashers use less water
than hand-washing. On average,
dishwashers use 15 gallons of water
per load.
Have Leaks?
Call your landlord to fix leaky faucets
and toilets. According to the EPA
WaterSense website, a leaky toilet
can waste about 200 gallons of
water every day. Leaky faucets that
drip at the rate of one drip per
second can waste more than 3,000
gallons of water each year.
Water Use / Average Household
Water Drop = 10 Gallons

Toilets – 18.5 Toilet Use
Faucets – 10.9 Faucets Water Use
Showers – 11.6 Showers Water Use

Clothes Washers – 15.0 Clothes Water Use
Leaks – 9.5 Leaks Water Usage
Other – 3.8 Water Use Other

69.3 Gallons
The average household uses 69.3 gallons of water per day. - American Waterworks Assn.,
Water Use / Average Household With Conservation Methods
Water Drop = 10 Gallons

Toilets – 8.2 Water Use
Faucets – 10.8 Water Use
Showers – 8.8 Water Use

Clothes Washers – 10.0 Water Use
Leaks – 4.0 Water Use
Other – 3.5 Water Use

Water Use
The average household uses 45.2 gallons of water per day when using conservation methods. Visit to find out more.