Learn more about our funding partners, media partners, and others who are helping spread the message about stormwater pollution prevention.
The Respect Our Waters campaign is facilitated by the local nonprofit organization Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network, Inc. for the Root-Pike Rivers Basin and is supported by a major grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as well as partnerships with counties and municipalities all over southeastern Wisconsin.
The free Water Drop Alert text-message system asks subscribers to reduce water usage during heavy rain events. This program is an effort at reducing the amount of sewage that enters Lake Michigan in the event of a sewer overflow.
Ways to conserve water during a storm:
Quicker Showers: A 10-minute shower can use as much as 40 gallons of water.
Delaying Washing Dishes: A dishwasher uses about 20 gallons of water. Hand washing dishes uses about 40 gallons.
Delaying Washing Clothes: Older washing machines will use up to 45 gallons of water per load. Newer models can use between 14 to 25 gallons of water.
How to sign up?
Text the word “Waterdrop” to 797979 OR follow this link
The program aims to improve water quality through local, grassroots efforts.
Sweet Water’s Mini-Grant Program distributes grants of $1,000 - $5,000 to non-profit community and civic groups for projects or activities that improve water quality, enhance environmental conservation, restore aquatic habitat, or educate people about these issues.
Examples of Mini-Grant Projects?
Replacing concrete at grade school playgounds
Installing water capture systems outside of local churches
Preventing stormwater pollution through technological solutions