Pollution Prevention Initiatives

NEW Water employs a number of pollution prevention initiatives and collaborates with community partners in efforts to prevent contaminants from making it into our waterways.


NEW Water has a Mercury Pollution Minimization Plan (PMP) to ensure proper disposal of mercury.  Mercury is found in thermometers, mercury switches, fluorescent lamps, and is commonly used in dental amalgam for tooth fillings.

NEW Water encourages dental facilities to install amalgam separators and follow the American Dental Association's (ADA) recommended best management practices for amalgam waste.  Amalgam separators can capture 95% or more of amalgam waste.

Household Hazardous Waste

NEW Water is a long-time sponsor of the Brown County Household Hazardous Waste Program. Examples of hazardous materials that can be disposed of at this facility include: antifreeze, mercury thermometers, used oil and oil filters. For more information please visit their website: Brown County Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

Medication Disposal

Unwanted and unused medication can present opportunities for environmental contamination, drug abuse and accidental poisonings. Unused pharmaceuticals should not be flushed down the toilet – wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to treat these materials.  Collection events and drop boxes are necessary to ensure their proposal disposal.  For pharmaceutical drop-off information in Brown County, please visit: the Brown County Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Collection website.


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