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Pollution Prevention Links

The western United States has historically dealt with water shortages due to the dry climate there, while the eastern U.S. has had an abundance of rainfall, groundwater, streams, and rivers.  Some areas in Tennessee have experienced water shortages in the past several years during drought conditions.  With increasing population growth and development of rural as well as urban areas, Tennessee citizens are facing the need for water conservation.

There are simple things we can do that can collectively make a difference in our supply of fresh water, such as:

  • Fix all leaky plumbing fixtures, including outdoor hoses
  • Install low-flush toilets, or put a one-liter water bottle in the toilet tank
  • Install sink faucets with aerators, motion sensors, or automatic shut-offs
  • Install low-flow shower heads
  • Consult with a licensed plumber to explore water saving opportunities
  • Run washing machines and dishwashers only with full loads
  • Buy appliances with water conservation features
  • Water lawns and gardens sparingly in the morning or evening to prevent excessive evaporation
  • Landscape with native plants, shrubs, and trees – they are adapted to periods of drought and may require less water than non-native ornamentals.
A river quietly flows through an eastern Tennessee valley on a crisp autumn morning.  Many of Tennessee's rivers and streams have been impacted by soil erosion, damming, and nonpoint source pollution.  We all play an important role in maintaining the water quality of our rivers and streams to protect our drinking water supply, wildlife, and recreational opportunities.

If you are a business owner, consider the Water Alliances for Voluntary Efficiency (WAVE), which provides non-regulatory water-efficiency information created and supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Its mission is to encourage commercial businesses and institutions to reduce water consumption while increasing efficiency, profitability, and competitiveness.

Water conservation and efficiency are important aspects of pollution prevention.  Visit EPA website for information on water-saving practices:

For more information about the Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership, please contact Karen Grubbs at 615-532-0463 or 1-800-734-3619 or by email at [email protected].