You play an important role in protecting and conserving our finite drinking water resources. You can help make a difference in the health of the Trinity River; it depends greatly on the helpful actions of the communities within the basin. We encourage you to get involved and take action to help protect our water resources!Participate in a Cleanup
Removing trash and debris from the river, its banks or even in your neighborhood prevents potential pollution of our water bodies. When stormwater enters storm drains, it is carried to the nearest body of water, along with any trash that is picked up along the way. Look for a local cleanup effort near you or consider gathering a group to remove trash from your neighborhood, or a nearby water body.
Become a Citizen Scientist with Texas Stream Team
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A collaboration of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Texas Stream Team is a volunteer program that aims to increase public awareness and train volunteers to monitor water quality in water bodies across the state.
Holiday Grease Roundup
Protect your pipes at home and our pipes at the wastewater facility by disposing of used holiday grease and year-round grease properly. If poured down the drain, fats, oils and grease such as gravy, sauces and the grease used to fry a turkey can cause blockages and clogs in your pipes and ours. These blockages can cause sewer backups and sanitary sewer overflows which can lead to untreated sewage entering the environment.
Keep grease out of the drain and participate in the Holiday Grease Roundup and recycle it for free! The Holiday Grease Roundup is held at our general office (5300 S. Collins, Arlington, TX 76018) kicks off in late November and runs through the beginning of January. To find an annual take-back location, visit https://www.defendyourdrainsnorthtexas.com/take-back-locator.html.
Properly disposing of unused or expired medications ensures pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medications do not end up in our water system. Never dispose of medications down the drain or by flushing them down the toilet. We have partnered with the North Central Texas Council of Governments to encourage the proper disposal of these items. The Med Take-Back campaign aims to raise awareness about the dangers of these chemicals in our sewer system and calls on residents to find a drug take-back location near them.
To learn more, visit https://www.defendyourdrainsnorthtexas.com/med-take-back/index.html.
To find a take-back location, visit https://www.defendyourdrainsnorthtexas.com/take-back-locator.html.
Want to Learn More?
Request a presentation
Simply request a presentation, and let us come talk to your group about who we are, what we do and most importantly, what we all can do to conserve and protect our water resources. Request a speaker here.
Let Us Show You Around!
Request a tour
For a more in-depth experience into the world of water or wastewater treatment, consider requesting a tour of one of our facilities. Be sure to check out the link for the specifics related to eligible groups, size and other details. Request a tour here.