Water Conservation

Water is a vital part for all life on the planet, and providing us access to food, clean drinking water, hygiene, and essentials to our ecosystems and wildlife.

$450+ BILLION DOLLAR

INDUSTRY/YEAR

Outdoor recreation is a booming industry, bringing in over $450 billion dollars a year in the U.S, as of 2021. From boating, fishing, swimming, ecotourism, etc., healthy watersheds not only bring revenue to our economy, but also create over six million jobs nationwide.


$132K

SAVED PER YEAR

The City’s park and street trees provided a plethora of benefits to our community, from carbon sequestration, energy savings, and social and economic health. Another great benefit, is that they reduced storm water runoff by 12 million gallons per year, which is equivalent to over $132k dollars/year saved from being treated at the water and wastewater treatment plant.


$37.2 MILLION 

SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS

In 2019, a bond was approved to invest in water infrastructure improvements for the City, total of $37.2 million dollars, for completion by 2024. Over 50% of the water systems were leaking at the time of the City acquiring the utility. The water main replacement program is already underway, along with other infrastructure improvements, to ensure the system is operating peak efficiency for customers.

HERBICIDE-FREE PARKS & TURFS

There are fifteen parks and nine turfs that are currently  herbicide-fee. Herbicides are dangerous to our ground water and rivers. When applied they often leach or runoff into our grounds and rivers. The Parks & Recreation department has been working on eliminating the need of herbicides to treat our local parks and trails, and only spot treating the noxious weeds when needed, and they can be identified with a blue dye.


PROTECTION & PRESERVATION

The Clark Fork River is not only an iconic part of Missoula, but brings locals and tourists in to enjoy fishing, floating and a nice day on the beach. In 2021, the Clark Fork Ambassador Program was launched to educate river goers about safety tips, and river protection and preservation. Along with this useful information, mesh trash bags are also distributed to reduce and eliminate waste from human activity that can be harmful for the water.


HYBRID POPLAR TREE PROJECT

In 2014, 90,000 poplar trees were planted to receive the effluent water from the Water & Wastewater Treatment Plant. Effluent water is the treated wastewater from the plant that typically would be released back into the Clark Fork River. In the case of Missoula, this treated effluent is sent to the poplar trees to sequester additional phosphorous and nitrogen. Poplar trees have a typical life span of 30-50 years.

UNDERSTAND MONTANA'S DROUGHT RISK

Montana is updating its Drought Management Plan. Go to the new Montana Drought Plan Information HUB to learn more about this multi-agency, stakeholder-driven effort to make Montana more drought resilient.


WATERSHED EDUCATION NETWORK

Get involved locally! Watershed Education Network’s mission is to foster knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of watershed health through citizen science, youth and school engagement, and outreach to our communities.


KNOW YOUR WATER USAGE

Water from our aquifer is a finite resource and conservation benefits all who depend on it. Here is a handy guide that compares water consumption from everyday activities and provides tips for water conservation.