Clean Water, Earth Day and Mission of ReWa
By Graham Rich, Executive Director at ReWa
Clean water is one of our most vital resources, and when our waterways become polluted it is not only devastating to the environment, but also to human health. The quality of our water is directly linked to the quality of our lives.
The United States relies on public wastewater systems to convey and treat more than 32 billion gallons of wastewater each day from our homes, schools and businesses. Those that are served by public sanitation systems such as Renewable Water Resources rely on sewers to keep untreated wastewater from being released into the environment where it could potentially contaminate our drinking water sources and the natural aquatic environment. When water goes down the drain or is flushed down the toilet, it usually enters a conveyance system where it travels to a water resource recovery facility (WRRF) for treatment. The WRRF treats the wastewater and removes debris and other contaminants before releasing the treated water back into the environment.
Over the past six years, ReWa has developed and implemented several public education campaigns to support our goal of promoting a cleaner environment and protecting the public health and water quality of the Upstate rivers, lakes and streams. These campaigns are designed to inform and educate, resulting in community-wide efforts that collectively make a difference. To learn how you can protect the environment and implement our public education campaigns visit: www.befreshwaterfriendly.org or www.ariverremedy.org. Small changes, big impact!
In addition, ReWa innovatively utilizes its renewable by-products on a daily basis to reduce energy consumption and demonstrate environmental stewardship. To learn more about our treatment process, renewable by-products or to request a tour of a WRRF, please visit www.rewaonline.org.
Clean water is essential for human life, and for many of us it is not something that requires a lot of thought or effort. On Earth Day this year, take a moment to reflect on the many reasons why we are so fortunate to have an abundant watershed and many organizations that protect and maintain our pristine environment here in the Upstate.