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VBT Celebrating Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week

VBT is Celebrating Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week from August 8-16, 2020! 

Van Buren Township is celebrating Michigan’s Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week from August 8-16. Water is one of Southeast Michigan’s most invaluable assets. The water we drink, the water we enjoy, the water we flush… It’s all one water. During Great Lakes & Fresh Water Week we’ll focus on increasing public awareness of the shared responsibility for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater. Here are some tips for understanding our water and keeping it safe:

  • A “Boil Water Advisory” is a notification issued by your local community as a precautionary measure. Boil water advisories are distributed if there is a possibility of microbiological contamination in the drinking water system.
  • A “Do Not Use Advisory” is a notification issued by your local community to alert the community not to use tap water for any purpose. This advisory is typically used only in emergency situations.
  • Understand the age and condition of your home’s water infrastructure. This can help you determine actions to take to keep your infrastructure in good shape.
  • Learn where your water comes from. This will allow you to learn more about the water body and service provider that bring water to your home.
  • Remove garbage, leaves, and other debris from your yard. This will help prevent unwanted debris from entering the storm drain.
  • Keep local storm drains clear. If you notice a storm drain backed up with leaves, lawn clippings, or garbage, remove the debris to allow water to flow freely.
  • Pick up pet waste and dispose of it in the trash.
  • Never fertilize your lawn before a storm event. If possible, reduce the amount of chemicals you apply to your lawn, including pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.
  • If you can, plant a tree or implement a rain garden at your house. Green infrastructure, such as rain gardens, helps water absorb into the ground, preventing water and pollutant runoff.
  • Pour fats, oils, and greases (FOG) into covered containers and cans, and dispose of them in the trash when full.
  • Wipe down pots and pans with a paper towel to remove any remaining FOG.
  • Scrape food and scraps into the trash when possible.
  • Avoid flushing medications down the toilet or drain when another safe option is available.
  • Dispose of feminine products, tissues, paper towels, and other trash in the garbage.
  • Only flush the Three P’s down the toilet: pee, poop, and paper.

To learn more about wastewater and Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week, visit For questions and comments, please contact