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Community prosperity relies on continuous access to clean water, from reliable drinking water supplies to clean waters that support ecosystems, commercial industries, and recreation.

Water resources can be pro­tected and conserved through a variety of strategies such as efficient use of municipal supplies; on-site stormwater collection, wa­ter recycling and treatment; wastewater treatment system improvements; and the reduction of non-point source pollution of local watersheds and aquifers.

Read more about water management in the Protecting Water Supply and Ensuring Future Supply Chapter of Planning for a Sustainable Future - A Guide for Local Governments [PDF 4.9 MB, 58 pp].

What You Can Do

Water is essential for both ecosystem health and human activities. Investing in your community’s water management infrastructure today could save you money tomorrow by mitigating some of the indirect effects water mismanagement like flooding and estuary pollution.

Success Story:
New York City has created free water conservation kits for house and apartment owners. These kits are available from the city’s Department of Environmental Protection and include a faucet aerator, a showerhead that reduces water flow without compromising pressure, and other pieces of water-saving equipment.

Resources     
Sustaining our Nation’s Water Infrastructure
EPA Watershed Program
The Water Cycle
EPA Region 2 Estuary Programs


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