Protection of drinking water is everyone’s responsibility. You can help protect your community’s drinking water source in several ways:
- Did you know the US Supreme Court limits the Illinois diversion of Lake Michigan Water? This amount will not increase but our population will. Currently Lake Michigan provides water to over half of Illinois' population, which is 7 million people. You can help by installing a WaterSense high efficiency toilet, costing the same as a conventional toilet and reducing water use by 20%.
- Eliminate excess use of lawn and garden fertilizers and pesticides – they contain hazardous chemicals that can reach your drinking water source.
- Pick up after your pets.
- Volunteer in your community. Find a watershed or wellhead protection organization in your community and volunteer to help. If there are no active groups, consider starting one. Use EPA’s Adopt Your Watershed to locate groups in your community.
- Remember, do not dump any waste into street drains. Storm drains dump directly into your local water body.
- Dispose of chemicals properly; take used motor oil to a recycling center.
- Help keep prescription drugs out of the water supply by participating in the Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Program (P2D2) of Highland Park. This program helps residents to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs and over the counter medications in an environmentally safe way. The Police Department, Highland Park High School’s Green School Initiative and the Save-A-Star Drug Awareness Foundations have joined together to create P2D2. The City offers residents two locations to dispose of unused prescription drugs, listed below:
- Highland Park Police Department (in the foyer), 1677 Old Deerfield Rd, open 24 hours a day
- North Shore Health Center (in the foyer), 1840 Green Bay Rd, Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 am to 8 pm and Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm