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Friends of the Rouge

More about the watershed
Three people working at the edge of the river

Protecting the Rouge River at Home

Water Conservation

Metro Detroit Sewer Map

Metro Detroit Sewer Map
Source: Great Lakes Water Authority. Press graphic to enlarge.

Many people don’t realize how important water conservation is, particularly during times of rain or snow melt. This is true whether you live in a community with a combined sewer system or a separated storm system. This is due to the capacity of the wastewater treatment plant. Even the smallest rainfalls can cause the wastewater treatment plant to exceed its capacity. When this happens, the plant must discharge dilute raw sewage into the Rouge and Detroit Rivers. If everyone reduced their water usage during rainy weather we could reduce the frequency and amount of sewage discharges into our local waterways. So the next time it rains think twice before running the dishwasher, doing a load of laundry, or soaking in tub. If you can hold off a few hours, please do…you’ll be helping to keep sewage and other pollutants out of the Rouge and Detroit Rivers.

In and Around the Home

Car Care

  • Keep vehicles maintained so they don’t leak oil or other fluids
  • Wash your car on the lawn or at a commercial car wash