ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Missouri American Water joins the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in recognizing May 1 to May 8 as National Drinking Water Week -- a time to recognize the vital role that drinking water plays in our daily lives. A few simple steps at home can help protect the rivers that are the source of our water.
Watershed protection is the common thread that runs through these simple steps. We all live in a watershed – an area of land where the runoff from rain drains to a waterway. When it rains, as water travels over the land’s surface, it carries pollutants on the land to nearby waterways.
Simple steps in homes and yards can make a difference in the health of our rivers and streams.
- Consider native plants for spring gardening – Native plants support wildlife, preserve our natural diversity and require no fertilizer or herbicides. Visit grownative.org for ideas.
- Drop off unneeded prescription drugs at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30. Historically, unneeded medications have been flushed down the drain or thrown in the trash. DEA’s Prescription drug collection events give are an environmentally responsible disposal method. Many area police departments are sponsoring disposal events. Go to www.dea.gov for an event near you.
- Select non-toxic or less toxic alternatives for Spring cleaning – For example, visit www.recyclesaintlouis.com and click on the “Natural Recipes Around the House and Yard” link to download a flyer with helpful recipes for all-natural options.
- Enjoy a rain garden – Rain gardens use native plants and grasses to capture and absorb rainwater from rooftops, roads and sidewalks. These planned gardens help control erosion, simplify yard maintenance and reduce runoff into streams and storm water systems. You can learn more about creating a rain garden at www.shawnature.org/nativeland/raingarden.aspx.
- Stop by Drinking Water Week events. Missouri American Water is offering free hands-on watershed activities for families at these events:
- Little Creek Watershed Festival, Saturday April 30, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Ferguson-Florissant School District’s Little Creek Nature Center. See birds of prey up close, be a water chemist, learn about rain gardens and more at this 97-acre nature preserve. Catch a shuttle at Grandview Plaza Shopping Center, 1171 Dunn Road, Florissant, MO 63033 to take you to the Nature Center.
- “Wings Over Water” Wild Bird program, Tuesday May 3, 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. Powder Valley Nature Center 11715 Cragwold Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122. World Bird Sanctuary’s birds of prey will fly over the audience – illustrating the importance of water to people and wildlife. (Reservations are requested. Call 314-301-1500).
For more watershed protection information, visit www.missouriamwater.com.
Missouri American Water
Missouri American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.5 million people.
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
In 2011, American Water is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a yearlong campaign to promote water efficiency and the importance of protecting water from source to tap. To learn more, visit www.amwater125.com.