Dispose of household products safely.
Don't pour solvents, pesticides, paint thinners, engine oil, or household cleaning down the drain. Cooking oils and grease should be collected in a container, covered, and disposed of as solid waste. Fats, oils, and grease collect in the sewer system and are a major cause of blockages and sewage back-ups.
Many people do not know how to dispose of prescription medications and often times flush them down the toilet. Flushing drugs carry the risk of possible contamination of soil and groundwater. The City of Kendallville offers a Prescription Drug Drop Box for the City of Kendallville and surrounding area. A secure box is located in the City of Kendallville Police Department lobby located at 234 South Main Street. Individuals can walk in and anonymously deposit unused or expired prescription medications.
Use fertilizers and pesticides carefully—and only as directed.
Try to find safe alternatives to products that can harm water supplies. If you wish to dispose of old mercury thermometers, please call the Northeast Solid Waste Management District at 260-587-3063.
Learn about your local water supplies and any possible threats the water supply faces. Know what your community is doing to protect your water supply. Help other citizens be aware of the importance of clean water in your community.
Support your local treatment plant.
Be aware of your treatment plant's effort to provide clean water. Help make sure the plant has the money, equipment, and personnel to ensure the water's safety. Visit your local treatment plant. Learn what special problems it must solve and what you can do to help. Use water wisely.
Practice water conservation at home and at work. Fix leaks and install water-saving devices and appliances. Be aware of how much water you use in your household. Don't take this valuable resource for granted.
Sludge can be a useful byproduct of treated wastewater. Sludge may be treated (thickened) to remove some of its water, then further processed by stabilization. Raw sludge is allowed to decompose in digester tanks. In some cases, special chemicals are used for stabilization. Stabilized sludge has no odor and is free of disease-causing organisms.
Some nontoxic sludge can be safely used as:
If it can't be safely used, sludge must be buried in approved landfills or burned using special technology to prevent air pollution.
The daily treatment plant operation is conducted by highly trained and certified operators. It requires:
Wastewater treatment usually takes place in two steps:
A wastewater treatment plant:
On average, each person in the U.S. contributes 50-100 gallons of wastewater daily.