Helping the public understand their role in protecting and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s rivers and streams is an important ACWA function, in partnership with our members. Many useful tools are available to be used locally by ACWA members; other materials can be easily customized by a local utility.

Education and outreach tools for focused public outreach and understanding of water quality issues include:

Education Materials

  • Auto Shops—Preventing Water Pollution (PDF, 811 kb)
    Easy-to-read and understand tips for prevention water pollution from auto repair shops.

  • Biosolids Fact Sheet, 3/2012 (PDF, 1.4 mb)
    Set out in question and answer format, this detailed fact sheet reviews biosolids management programs in Oregon, including the federal and state regulations. Information is provided on the agricultural benefits of biosolids as a sustainable substitute for petroleum-based fertilizers. Good handout for councils, commissions, and neighbors to land application sites.

  • ACWA Biosolids Media Guide, 4/2013 (PDF,2,557kb)
    Facing a television camera or radio interview about biosolids? Use this media guide to effectively avoid the ‘yuck factor' and communicate clearly on biosolids issues; practice good answers to questions you are likely to be asked.

  • Breweries—Sustainable Brewing, the Brewing Process (PDF, 442 kb)
    Updated by the ACWA Pretreatment Committee in 2016, this Sustainable Brewing brochure highlights pollution prevention techniques in each step of the brewing process.
  • Clean Water Tips (PDFs)
    Brochures designed to inform both homeowners and businesses about protecting groundwater and actions to keep pollutants out of Underground Injection Control (UIC) systems. The brochures are designed to be customized by adding contact information for the local utility on the back panel.

  • Collection Locations for Unwanted and Unused Drugs, (PDF) Unwanted and unused drugs can be accepted for environmentally sound disposal at law enforcement agencies. An inventory of law enforcement agencies providing this service is provided. A google map of the collection sites, is provided by PPRC and available online.

  • Dental Office Pollution Prevention - with ACWA logo (PDF )
    Dental Office Pollution Prevention - generic, no logo (PDF )
    Updated in 2017, this is an illustrated, color brochure that outlines Best Management Practices for dental offices.

  • Fats, Oil and Grease Control (Regional Preferred Pumper Program)
    Information on the Preferred Pumper Program is available on their website.

  • Freeze the Grease—Grease Scrapers and Kits
    These kits include a plastic grease scraper, a lid that will fit three different sizes of metal cans and an easy-to-follow instruction card in English and Spanish that you can stamp your city/utilities logo on.  The scraper and lid both say “Freeze the Grease, Save the Drain” and “Brought to you by your local sewer utility.”

    To have the kits printed and/or have them printed with your organization’s name, contact the GiGi Goff Company in Beaverton, OR at (503) 646-3191 or contact them by e-mail.

  • Natural Treatment Systems - A Water Quality Match for Oregon's Cities and Towns , prepared jointly by Oregon DEQ and ACWA (July 2014)
    The use of natural treatment systems, including wetlands, tree farms, wastewater lagoon systems, recycled water programs, indirect discharge, and water quality trading, is a perfect match for meeting the wastewater treatment needs of many Oregon communities. Natural processes are effective in treating wastewater to Oregon’s environmental standards—often at a lower cost to the community, due to initial installation costs, and lower operating costs, including reduced chemical and energy bills. For many Oregon communities—especially in rural Oregon—tree farms, treated water reuse for crops such as hay and pasture, and treatment ponds, build on the natural resource management expertise resident in the community. Working collaboratively, Oregon ACWA members and DEQ have produced a report detailing natural treatment systems, the types of water quality issues matched to different systems, and providing examples from across Oregon.. There is also a 2-page handout and a presentation available.

Education Materials continued

  • Print Shops—Preventing Water Pollution (PDF, 786 kb)
    Easy-to-read and understand tips for prevention water pollution from print shops.

  • Protecting Your Watershed, 9/2010 (PDF, 1.1 mb)
    An illustrated color brochure outlines in simple terms how everyone can help protect their watershed. Oregon focused. Quantities of this brochure, both in English and Spanish, are available by contacting ORACWA’s offices.

  • Trap the Grease brochure, English (PDF, 4.7 mb)
    Tri-fold color brochure with big pictures that include tips for food workers to reduce fats, oils, and grease from reaching the sewer system.

  • Trap the Grease brochure, Spanish (PDF,1.6 mb)
    Folleto triple del color con los cuadros grandes que incluyen las extremidades para que los trabajadores del alimento reduzcan las grasas, los aceites, y la grasa de alcanzar el sistema de alcantarilla. (traducción española)

  • Value of Water Information
    The ‘Value of Water’ Coalition has released its media kit for water-related organizations to use to increase the public’s knowledge of the value of water. The materials are free resources to be downloaded and used as is, or add your organization’s logo and website to show the connection to water in your area. Available materials include ads, billboards, bill stuffers, bus shelter ads, banners, and social media information.

  • Vehicle Washing—Preventing Water Pollution (PDF, 833kb)
    Easy-to-read and understand tips for prevention water pollution when washing vehicles.

  • Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling Education: A Handbook of Principles and Best Practices (PDF, 992kb)
    From Oregon Metro, an agency that works with communities, businesses and residents in the Portland metropolitan area.  Metro initiated production of this document to share resources and increase internal knowledge related to best practices in education for waste prevention, reuse, recycling and disposal, with a goal of effectively using limited staff resources to achieve measurable outcomes.


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