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How You Can Help?

Protect Your Water invites you to learn more about how you can help via the methods below.

Use Property Wisely

Be careful how you use your property. What you dump, spill or bury could eventually contaminate your drinking water.

Dispose of Hazardous Products Properly

Call the Kalamazoo County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center at (269) 373-5211 to find out how to properly dispose of your hazardous household products (used motor oil, paint, cleaning solvents, anti-freeze, pesticides, herbicides, etc.) for free.

Properly Abandon Unused Wells

If you have a private well on your property that is not being used, call the Kalamazoo County Human Services Department at (269) 373-5336 to find out how to get it properly abandoned. Learn more about abandoned, unused wells.

Apply Chemicals Wisely

Use fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides wisely. Also, seek alternative uses to chemicals by carefully selecting native plants which don't need a lot of water, pesticides or herbicides. Over use of chemicals can result in them infiltrating into the groundwater. Talk with your local garden center for information.

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Follow the Three R's

Reduce, re-use, recycle and buy recycled products. Contact the City's Solid Waste and Recycling Hotline at (269) 337-8215 for information.

Conserve Water

Try to do something each day that will result in saving water. Don't worry if the savings are minimal. Every drop counts. You can make a difference. Learn about ways to conserve water to save water in your everyday activities.

Prevent Backflow

Eliminate cross connections and install backflow preventers in your home. Learn more about backflow prevention.

Interested in knowing more? Check out our Wellhead Protection, Groundwater Foundation and partnership pages.

Kids Corner

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