News & Updates

July 7, 2020

Your septic system is likely the most expensive appliance in your house, but are you taking care of it? Flushing the wrong things down the pipes, not sticking to a schedule of regular maintenance, and treating your drain field poorly are common reasons why a septic system fails prematurely. Fixing or replacing a failed or failing septic system is expensive, and while it is failed it is releasing untreated waste into nearby waterways or into your yard! 

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April 21, 2020

As many of us, including Clean Water Fund's staff, find ourselves inside and working from home, how can we make sure those environments are as safe and healthy as possible?  

Indoor air is often more polluted than outside air, due to toxins from consumer products like furniture, food packaging, and even the cleaners we use to clean, disinfect and protect ourselves from threats like COVID-19. How do we know what products have problematic chemicals and which are safer?   

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April 15, 2020

Learn about flame retardants, chemicals that are added to everyday products such as highchairs, car seats, nursing pads, upholstered furniture, carpet pads, nap mats, strollers, electronics (including toys) and many more common household products. Many flame retardants are hazardous to our health. Over time flame retardants escape from the products they are used in and get into the air and dust around us. 

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April 14, 2020

Learn more about PFAS, a class of chemicals that are used to make products grease proof, waterproof and stain resistant. PFAS chemicals have been dubbed “forever chemicals” because they and their breakdown products are extremely persistent, lasting thousands of years or more. Unfortunately, they are also linked to a wide array of serious health problems.

Join us for Spring for Water at Barr Mansion
March 9, 2020

Don't miss our virtual Fall for Water Benefit Bash on Saturday October 10 from 7-8 PM

The event will feature an online silent auction, music from violinists Tom Bowling and Genevieve Gilbert, and short presentations from clean water champions like former State Representative Lon Burnam and Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea. Texas Director David Foster will describe our local and Texas work, and our national communications director Michael Kelly will be on hand to put our Texas work into the national context.

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December 19, 2019

Proposed Rule Would Allow Coal Utilities to Continue to Use Old, Ineffective Pollution Treatment

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August 26, 2019

UPDATE: The comments closed on October 21, 2019. Clean Water Action members submitted more than 10,000! EPA is reviewing all of the comments. We'll update this page when EPA releases additional information about when this rule will be finalized.

To fast-track construction of pipelines and other dirty energy infrastructure projects, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to block states and tribes from protecting their own water resources. Tell EPA not to sacrifice water quality to benefit corporate polluters.

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August 5, 2019

In Michigan, water is part of our identity. We are the Great Lakes State, after all. We have a duty to protect our water to make sure we can drive our economy forward and ensure the health of our communities and families.

Unfortunately, President Trump does not take this responsibility seriously. His administration’s policies threaten Michigan’s water and communities in a number of ways.

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March 27, 2019

As a founding member of the Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative, Clean Water is committed to working with communities to getting lead service lines out of the ground and away from our drinking water!

Tackle the problem at its source

The most effective way to limit exposure to lead is to remove lead at the source. For lead in drinking water, this means focusing on digging up and replacing lead service lines that are some of the greatest contributors to lead in drinking water.