Clean Water Begins at Home

medication-return-programAs residents within the capital region, we are part of our environment’s water cycle. We all play a role in how clean the water is when it returns to the environment, whether as rain through drains in the stormwater system, or as wastewater through your septic or sanitary sewer system. These actions not only protect the environment but your property.

The following CRD services offer a wide range of tips, tools and other resources to help you take action.

What You Put Down the Drain Matters!

Contaminants remain in the water even after wastewater treatment which can impact the environment. Proper handling of waste medication, detergents, fats, oils, and grease, and household hazardous waste remains important regardless of the level of treatment.

The CRD's Residential Source Control Program provides some quick, easy and free actions to take to help keep our local environment clean, protect our private property and help maintain our wastewater infrastructure. Read more >>

Septic Maintenance and Septic Savvy

Septic Systems are an important wastewater treatment option for homeowners in the Capital Region. Also known as onsite wastewater treatment systems, septic systems provide household disposal of wastewater where sewers are either unavailable or too expensive. Currently, septic systems serve approximately 26,000 households in our region. A properly working septic system is an environmentally friendly and economically sound treatment option.

The CRD provides information materials to help support owners of onsite wastewater treatment systems on our Septic System Resources page. We also offer free Septic Savvy Workshops for residents to learn how septic systems work and how to save money with proper maintenance. Read more >>

Preventing Sewer Backups and Inflow & Infiltration

There are many actions we can take, including source control and septic system maintenance, to prevent sewer back-ups. Having your sewer lateral inspected helps identify issues before a backup occurs. Issues can include cracked pipes, root intrusion and cross connection to blockages. Identifying and addressing these issues will not only protect your private property but will also protect the environment and reduce wastewater treatment costs. Read more >>

Watersheds Protection and Managing Stormwater

Watershed stewardship aims to collaboratively manage the landscape and its development to maintain watershed function and create sustainable communities.

The watershed stewardship goals of the CRD are to:

  • Pursue effective and collaborative watershed management and stewardship
  • Protect clean water and effectively manage flows
  • Protect and enhance terrestrial, aquatic and near shore marine habitats
  • Improve the resiliency and adaptive capacity of watersheds to a changing climate.

The CRD Integrated Watershed Management program provides resources relating to rainwater, stormwater, watersheds and watershed stewardship for residents, educators and children. Read more >>

What You Put Down the Drain Matters!

Responsibly return medications and supplements. Read more >>

Use your postal code to find a participating pharmacy near you. Read more >>

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