Environment

Use Water Wisely


Much of the water we use goes down the drain needlessly. One of the best ways to begin conserving water is to notice how much water you're using, then look for ways to use less whenever you can. Shut off the faucet while you're brushing your teeth or keep cold drinking water in the refrigerator rather than running the tap for cold water.

Fix Those Leaks


A slow drip from a faucet can waste as much as 100 gallons of water a day! That's water and money down the drain. Watch for leaks, fix them quickly and you'll save-water and money.

Check Into Water-Saving Fixtures


There are a variety of devices you can buy inexpensively, such as reduced-flow showerheads, water-saving toilets and appliances. Whether you're replacing old fixtures, building or remodeling, consult a plumber or a local hardware store for advice on water-saving devices.

Recycle Your Water


Before you send it down the drain consider recycling water for another use. Water your house plants with leftover drinking water, use the water from the kid's wading pool to water your outside plants. With a little creativity you'll soon be saving gallons of water.

Hazardous Recycling Programs


Recycle your used oil at:
  • Advanced Auto
  • Auto Lab
  • Auto Value
  • NAPA Auto Parts

Mercury


The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities is doing its part to protect our environment by making it easy for Branch County residents to recycle mercury. Mercury is a silver-gray metal found in old thermometers and switches. It is extremely hazardous to our local lakes and rivers. The mercury from a single thermometer, if disposed of in the surface water, can pollute a twenty-acre lake. As the local environmental leader, the Coldwater Board of Public Utilities is encouraging all local residents to bring their mercury thermometers / switches or liquid mercury to the CBPU wastewater treatment plant for proper disposal.

Don't Forget


  • Thermometers and switches should be in zip lock plastic bags and liquid mercury should be in a sealed container.
  • Hazardous liquids or gasoline mixtures are not accepted.
  • Household batteries are also collected at Wal-Mart, Culy's Jewelry and the Henry L. Brown Municipal Building.
These items are all accepted at the Wastewater Treatment Plant: 100 Jay Street, during the following times:
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.