Help Us Keep the South Platte River Clean
Pesticides (and herbicides) used around the home to control unwanted insects and weeds
often find their way into the local creeks and the South Platte River through over
applications, spills and run-off. They can also enter the sewer system through improper
disposal. The good news is that you can reduce your use of pesticides and still control
What you can do to help:
Following these five simple steps will help reduce pollutants going into the South Platte River and make it a better environment for all the creatures that live in and around it.
The Metro Wastewater Reclamation District provides wholesale wastewater transmission and treatment for approximately 1.3 million retail ratepayers served by 55 metro Denver governments. These include Denver, Arvada, Aurora, Lakewood, Thornton, part of Westminster, and more than 45 smaller cities and sanitation districts.
Metro treats about 160 million gallons of wastewater a day at its Central Treatment Plant--the largest wastewater treatment facility between the Mississippi River and the West Coast--discharging the treated water to the South Platte River.
In addition to being suitable for use as a drinking water supply source, the South Platte River is also used for agriculture, fish and aquatic life, industrial use and recreation. Metro's effluent makes up 90% of the river for nine months of the year.
By products of the treatment process are recycled into a usable garden compost, Metrogro. This compost is fine-screened and available bagged (1.25cu. ft.). Delivery is available.
For a price list, see http://www.metrowastewater.com/biosolids.asp
For more information on this and other agricultural products contact:
The Resource Recovery, and Reuse Department
Colette Passerella, RR&R Distribution Coordinator
For more information on disposing of hazardous waste materials see Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
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888 E. Iliff Avenue, Denver, CO 80210
Date last revised: 01/05/2010