August is National Water Quality Month! Your drinking water comes from a watershed. And if you are a customer of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) or one of our 27 wholesale customers in four Bay Area counties, your drinking water comes from three watersheds: the Tuolumne River Watershed near Yosemite National Park, the Alameda Creek Watershed in the East Bay, and the Crystal Springs Watershed on the Peninsula.
By protecting and preserving the lands that produce our drinking water, we not only support rare and endangered wildlife, we also provide the highest possible quality water to our customers.
In honor of National Water Quality month, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind ourselves how we all can help protect our local watersheds to protect the quality of our water.
The SFPUC owns 35,000 acres of watershed lands in the Alameda Creek Watershed. They are home to critters, like the Western Pond Turtle.
As part of National Water Quality month awareness, there are small things that you can do in your everyday life to help keep and protect water quality. Here are some helpful tips:
- Use a commercial car wash — cleaning your car at home flushes dangerous chemicals down the storm drain and directly into our lakes and streams
- Pick up after your dog
- Dispose of used motor oil properly - one quart of motor oil can contaminate more than 250,000 gallons of water
- Help pick up litter on the streets that could end up going down the storm drain use detergents that are phosphate-free
- Join in a beach, stream, or wetlands cleanup project. Look for local projects in your area.
Thank you and Happy National Water Quality Month!