The Deschutes River and the Cascade Mountains paint a beautiful picture of water in the High Desert. When it comes to water, we need to conserve it and protect it. Conserving water by thoughtful water use keeps the levels in our local rivers adequate for fish and other organisms. Protecting water from pollutants keeps us and our fellow inhabitants healthy.
Below are some easy things you can do at work to conserve and protect Central Oregon’s precious water resources. Remember, it’s all connected!
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- Businesses have all different wastewater disposal needs. The City of Bend’s Industrial Pretreatment Program helps businesses understand local sewer use regulations and wastewater pollution prevention options.
- Use natural and biodegradable soaps. Steer clear of antibacterial products.
- Install low flow toilets and faucets
Plant native or low-water plants when landscaping. Ditch the grass and you will never have to mow it! The City of Bend has a great guide to Xeriscaping in the High Desert to help you get started.
- Eliminate pesticides and fertilizers or choose natural ones to keep these toxics out of our water.
City of Bend’s WaterWise Programs – Learn more about water conservation and pollution prevention.