City of Milwaukee Pleads: Please Don’t Flush!

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View of Milwaukee from the North - Clouds move in from Lake Michigan

Immediate Release

May 10, 2006

Help protect Lake Michigan, use less water when there’s heavy rain

(Milwaukee, WI) – With more than two inches of rain possible between tonight and tomorrow night, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) reminds its customers that you can help protect Lake Michigan and reduce the risk of basement backups and sewer overflows by using less water when there’s heavy rain.
“If each of our 1.1 million customers cuts down by just 10 gallons, we would have 11 million gallons more room in the sewer system to handle all the rain,” said MMSD Executive Director Kevin Shafer.  “We each use about 65 gallons of water a day.  There are many ways to conserve some water without disrupting our lives.”The “Every Drop Counts” water-conservation campaign is NOT a magic fix that promises to end all sewer overflows.  It is one of the many solutions needed to help protect our rivers and lakes.

Some tips for conserving water:

  • Do the laundry tomorrow if there‚Äôs heavy rain today.¬†
  • Always wash full loads.
  • Take a short shower instead of a bath.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Fix leaks.¬† A leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day.
  • Cut indoor water use by 1/3 or more by installing low-flow faucets, showerheads and toilets.
    For more information on “Every Drop Counts,” visit:   




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