2014 Water Quality Report
The Department of Public Works is the primary steward of water quality for the City. The following information is provided to help you understand certain water quality issues.
In our effort to continue providing a safe and clean drinking water supply, your Riverview Department of Public Works would like to provide you with information regarding cross connections.
What is a cross connection? Simply put, it is any connection or arrangement of plumbing or piping in a building that could provide a way for non-safe drinking water (non-potable) to backflow into the safe drinking water (potable) plumbing or piping.
Common examples of potential backflow situations are hoses in laundry tubs, underground sprinkler systems, hand-held fertilizer bottles that are installed on garden hoses, faulty toilets, garden hoses left in swimming pools, etc. Many other scenarios can produce a cross connection in a typical household.
The State of Michigan requires that an annual inspection for cross connections be made of all businesses, apartment complexes, car washes, hospitals, funeral homes, restaurants, etc. These inspections are conducted under the auspices of the Riverview D.P.W.
Homeowners can help to provide cross connection protection by following some simple steps.
- Recognize what a cross connection is. Look for situations such as hoses in laundry tubs, faulty toilets, hoses in swimming pools, etc.
- Install hose bibs (Anti-siphon Devices) on garden hoses and laundry tubs hoses. These hose bibs can be purchased at hardware stores and plumbing supply outlets.
- Make sure that underground sprinkler systems are install according to your local plumbing code. This will require the installation of an approved cross connection protection device.
- Have all plumbing alterations and improvements performed by knowledgeable personnel.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your Department of Public Works (734-281-4270) or the Building and Engineering Department (734-281-4242).
City of Riverview is part of Combined Downriver Watershed and a participating member of the Alliance of Downriver Watershed (ADW). The City along with its ADW Partners work to protect water quality and prevent pollution. The City through our partnership with the ADW coordinates and facilitates the study, development, preparation, and timely filing of the Combined Downriver Watershed Management Plan.
Seven (7) simple steps to protect our lakes & streams
1. Help keep pollution out of storm drains. Storm drains lead directly to our lakes and streams. Never dump oil, pet waste, leaves, dirty water, or anything down a storm drain. Remember, only rain in the drain.
2. Fertilize caringly and sparingly. Excess fertilizer that gets into storm drains pollutes our lakes by causing large algae blooms and using up oxygen fish need to survive. Sweep excess fertilizer back onto your lawn, use a low or no phosphorus fertilizer, and have your soil tested to see what, if any, fertilizer is needed.
3. Carefully store and dispose of household cleaners, chemicals, and oil. Instead of putting hazardous products like antifreeze, motor oil, and pesticides in the trash, down the storm drain, or on the ground, take them to a local hazardous waste collection day.
4. Clean up after your pet. Whether on a walk or in your yard, promptly clean up after your pet. Not only will be you a good neighbour, you will also protect our water from harmful bacteria.
5. Practice good car care. Consider taking your car to a car wash or washing your car on the grass.
6. Choose earth friendly landscaping. Protect your pets, kids, and the environment by using pesticides sparingly. Also, water your lawn only when it needs it and choose plants native to Michigan.
7. Save water. Over watering our lawns can easily carry pollution to the storm drains and to our lakes and streams. Consider using a broom instead of a hose to clean sidewalks and driveways. Direct hoses and sprinklers on the lawn, not the driveway. This will help save our lakes and streams and save you money.
Storm drains found in our streets and yards empty into our lakes and rivers. When we fertilize our lawn we could also be fertilizing our lakes and rivers. While fertilizer is good for our lawn, it’s bad for our water. Fertilizer in our lakes and rivers causes algae to grow. Algae can form large blooms and use oxygen that fish need to survive. With 1.5 million homes in Southeast Michigan, all of us need to be aware of the cumulative effects of our lawn care practices.
For more information on activities related to the watersheds and their impact to surrounding communities, please visit: Combined Downriver Watershed Management Plan, Huron River Watershed Council, Riverview Riparian Buffer, or Alliance of Down River Watersheds (ADW).
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SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments)
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Change Personal Care Habits to Protect our Drinking Water
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Prevent Fats, Oil and Grease From Clogging our Sewers
The Wayne County 24-Hour Environmental Hotline: 1-888-223-2363