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    How Water Workswater tower

    AWWA has provided us with an interactive virtual tour of how water is collected, treated, and used in a typical water supply system.  You can take the tour here!

    Water Quality

    AWWA, the authoritative resource on safe water, has established DrinkTap.org. This informative website provides you with everything you need to know about your water – both the resource and the service.  Learn more about your water's safety and quality by reading the latest Grand Rapids Water System Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). Also, the EPA has an informative FAQ on CCR's.

     

    Water Conservation

    The City of Grand Rapids Water System's was recently recognized by the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Intitiative (GLSLCI) for it's significant progress on water conservation.

    eagle over waterWaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices. It also has links to water-efficiency information and tips targeted specifically for consumers and businesses.

    Learn why water leaks are costly and find out what you can do to find and fix them. Measure and estimate water wasted due to leaks by using the WaterWiser Drip Calculator! 

    Download Your Path to Water Wise Lawn Sprinkling (pdf brochure) 

    Take Back the TapTake Back The Tap Grand Rapids logo

    The City of Grand Rapids is joining a national campaign to reduce the use of bottled water in the community.  Tap water is healthy and possibly healthier than bottled water; it takes millions of barrels of oil to produce and dispose of plastic water bottles; and tap water is cheaper.

    "Tap water is a better choice than the bottled brands, for our health, our environment and our wallets," said Mayor George Heartwell.

    The city, which once promoted its tap water by bottling it under its own logo, will no longer purchase bottled water for distribution at city events, according to a resolution city commissioners adopted in October, 2009.

    The city will still distribute bottled water for emergencies and water outages, but Water Department Director Joellen Thompson said they are exploring alternatives such as biodegradable water boxes and filling stations at which customers can refill their own containers.

    There are many reasons to "Take Back the Tap," Here are some of them:

    •Plastic water bottle production in the U.S. consumes more than 17 million gallons of oil, enough for 1 million cars.

    •About 86 percent of plastic water bottles end up in a landfill instead of a recycling bin.

    •Bottled water costs about between 89 cents to $8.26 per gallon; tap water cost about 1/3 of a penny per gallon.

    •Tap water contains flouride and is tested more rigorously than bottled water. Many bottled water companies fill their bottles with filtered tap wate