Q: Why is drinking water bad for fish?
A: Drinking water contains low concentrations of chloramines, which kills fish and other creek critters.
Q: Why are there chloramines in drinking water?
A: About 10 years ago EBMUD switched disinfectants from gas chlorine to chloramines because of the following reasons:
- less toxic to humans
- safer for workers to handle
- lasts longer in the distribution system
Q: How does drinking water enter our creeks?
A: Through the storm drains!
Water can come from:
- Water main/ fire hydrant breaks
- Irrigation leaks
- DIY car washes
- Power washing sidewalks and streets
- Construction activities
What you can do:
1. Report a water main break immediately! Call (510) 642-3073
What does a water main break look like?
2. Don’t let your water go down a storm drain!
What UC Berkeley is doing:
Regular training for maintenance, grounds, and plumbing staff
Drought Action Plan : phase-out of lawns, fixing irrigation systems
Learn more about other creek pollutants...
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