Congratulations Science Odyssey Winners
The Water Resources Division recently recognized middle school and high school students with awards for their winning Water and Wastewater projects at the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District's 2015 Science Odyssey. Division staff participated in judging the projects.
1st Place: Junction Avenue Middle School, 7th Grade, Alisa Bradford and Alexis De Long
Project Focus: Effects of dissolved oxygen and temperature on creek water and fish
2nd Place: Junction Avenue Middle School, 6th Grade, Stefanie Medina and Grace Boyd
Project Focus: Protozoa population size in lake versus pond water
1st Place: Granada High School, 9th Grade, Josephine Clements-Cain
Project Focus: Human effects on bacterial level of “untouched” water
1st Place: Livermore High School, 10th Grade, Kaela Maloney, Zachary Wakefield and Hunter Solaro
Project Focus: Efficiency of "basic materials" as water filter media
Help Keep Waterways Litter-Free
Plastic bags, bottles, cigarette butts, and other litter gets washed or blown directly into storm drains or directly into waterways, causing local water pollution as well as pollution in the San Francisco Bay. Not only does litter deteriorate water quality, it harms aquatic life, too. Yet litter can easily be prevented. Here are a few easy ways to do so.
- Pick up one piece of litter each day.
- Pick up after your pet.
- Keep garbage, recycling, and organics cart lids closed.
- If you smoke, use an ashtray and empty the ashtray properly.
- Report litterbugs by calling the Livermore Litterbug Hotline at 925-371-4766.
To learn more about the litter problem and how you can help, click on Keeping Litter Out of Waterways.
Take a Treatment Plant Tour
Ever wonder what happens to the water you use after it goes down the drain? Find out by taking a tour of the Livermore Water Reclamation Plant. The Water Resources Division conducts free tours for groups of five or more. Learn more by clicking on the following link: Treatment Plant Tour Info.
"Disposable" Wipes are NOT Disposable!
Despite being labeled as disposable, sanitary wipes, toilet cleaners and other similar products labeled as “flushable” can clog underground sewer pipes and cause toilets and sinks to back up or overflow. Sewer backups and overflows cause property damage, potential health hazards and threaten the environment.
Protect against backups and overflows by following these simple guidelines:
Gardening on Your Mind?
Plant and tend the perfect landscape for the Tri-Valley region. Explore the Water-Wise Gardening website to find plants best suited for this area, water-saving tips, and more.
Brown is the New Green
Brown is the new green when it comes to Bay Area lawns. Join the effort declaring "Brown is the New Green". Click here to print a copy of the "Brown is the New Green" lawn sign provided by the Save Our Water program.
Keep Sewers Fat-Free
Did you know that Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) are bad not only for your arteries and waistline but for your sewers, too? They may not be toxic, but they will clog your pipes and sewer. During the holiday season and year-round, easily and properly dispose of your FOG by following these simple guidelines:
DO manage FOG properly.
For small amounts of FOG, scrape out or use paper towels to wipe your pans, and then place the FOG or soiled paper towels in your Food Scrap pail. You can also pour cooled FOG into an old paper milk or ice cream carton, let harden and then place it in your green (organics) cart.
For large amounts of FOG, such as used oil from a turkey fryer, collect cooled oil in a sealable container and take it to the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Livermore. Please note that State Regulations limit the amount of waste you may transport to 15 gallons of liquid waste (refers to the actual contents of the containers, not the container size), or 125 lbs solid waste. Individual items/containers must be no larger than 5 gallons or weigh no more than 50 lbs.
For more information on the proper disposal of Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG):
No Drugs Down the Drain
While some pharmaceuticals enter the environment via normal human and livestock excretion into sewer systems or waterways, much enters the environment via direct disposal, such as having been flushed down the toilet or poured down the drain. While wastewater treatment does remove and reduce some types of pharmaceuticals, wastewater plants are designed to treat human and biological waste, not complex pharmaceutical chemicals. Because some aquatic species have shown sensitivity to the low levels of medications that do pass through treatment plants, the more medication we can prevent from going down the drain, the better. Find out more about Options for Proper Drug Disposal.
Be Mercury Free
Mercury is toxic and can cause damage to the nervous system, brain, kidneys and immune systems in humans and animals. Bring your mercury thermometers to the City of Livermore Water Reclamation Plant at 101 W. Jack London Blvd., Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM and exchange them for new mercury-free ones -- at no cost to you! Have questions or need more information? Contact the Water Resources Division at 960-8100.