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Be Smart. Drink Tap… There are plenty of reasons to drink Ann Arbor tap water (A2H2O): it's good for you, your wallet and the environment! For further information on the negative impacts of commercially bottled drinking water in contrast to municipal tap water see the Bottled Water Issues Summary.

Did you know the US EPA closely regulates municipal tap water? Ann Arbor’s Water Treatment Plant lab staff and operators perform over 150,000 types of analysis on the City’s drinking water annually—some tests occur every hour. These tests monitor nearly 280 different substances, and the vast majority has never been detected. Tap water is more closely regulated than commercially-bottled water. Ann Arbor’s tap water is a frequent winner of the regional Michigan Water Tasting Competition, too!

Save Money

Besides offering a safe and reliable source of water, Ann Arbor’s tap water is a great value. Refilling a 16-ounce water bottle from the tap costs less than one penny. In fact, you can fill 4,000 16-ounce water bottles for less than one dollar.

Leaks can also be costly,  the drip calculator can how much just one drip can cost you.

Be Green

Drinking tap water provides the opportunity to use refillable bottles rather than disposable ones.

Refillable “A2H2O” water bottles are available from the Customer Service Center, first floor, Larcom City Hall,  301 E. Huron St., open weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 734.794.6333.

Kid Resources

Everyone wants to do their part to keep safe, affordable drinking water available in their community. With these simple suggestions it's easy for kids to do their part too! 

How Much Water is Used to...

  • Brush your teeth? 1 gallon
  • Take a bath? 20 gallons
  • Take an 8 minute shower? 36 gallons
  • Run the dishwasher? 9 gallons/load
  • Hand-wash the dishes? 20 gallons
  • Run the washing machine? 25 gallons/load
  • Flush the toilet? 5 gallons
Read some water conservation tips below to see what you can do to use less water!

Protect Ann Arbor's Water Resources

The Huron River is Ann Arbor's main source of drinking water. Did you know that the storm drains lead directly to the river, without treatment? Dumping waste into storm drains, ditches, or waterways contaminates drinking water supplies, recreational areas, and wildlife habitat. Plus, it is illegal! If you see illegal dumping, tell your parents and ask them to report it right away. You will help prevent further water contamination and reduce potential clean-up costs.

Conserve Water

Clean water should not be taken for granted! Read the tips below and start practicing water conservation throughout your house.

In the Bathroom

  • Take shorter showers. 
  • Draw less water for baths, try only filling tub halfway.
  • Don't use the toilet as a trash can: tissues, cotton balls, etc, should be thrown in the garbage, not flushed.
  • Turn off water while brushing teeth. 
  • Tell Mom or Dad if you notice a leaky faucet
  • ACTIVITY: Ask your parents to help you check your toilet for "silent" leaks by placing a little food coloring in the tank and see if it leaks into the bowl.

In the Kitchen or Laundry

  • Remind your parents to only run the dishwasher for full loads 
  • Don't let the faucet run to get a cold drink, keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead. 
  • Remind your parents to only run the washing machine for a full load of clothes.
  • ACTIVITY: Make signs to remind your parents and siblings about turning off the faucet. Use the tips you've learned and ask for your parents' permission to place reminder signs around the house.

Outdoors

  • Remind Mom and Dad to only water the lawn and garden when it needs it. One inch of water every 10 days keeps lawns healthy and green. Water at cooler times like at night or early in the morning to prevent evaporation.   
  • Adjust water sprinklers so that they are reaching the garden and lawn rather than watering the driveway or sidewalk. 
  • Remind your parents to cut the grass at least 3 inches high to shade the roots, so that it will be more drought tolerant and won't need to be watered as often. 
  • When helping wash the car or your bicycle use a bucket and a hose with a nozzle so that water isn't running during soaping. 
  • Sweep the driveway and sidewalk with a broom rather than hosing it down. 
  • ACTIVITY: make a rain gauge out of a 1 inch tall tuna can and measure water collected from rain and sprinklers. Remind your parents to water less if the can fills up in less than 10 days!

Water Education Resources

Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense Kids
How Water Works
Down the Drain
Drinking Water & Ground Water Kids' Stuff

Newsletters

WaterMatters is a quarterly newsletter​ delivered as part of the water customer's invoice mailing. The newsletter is also available as a link to the online billing statement.

Spring 2017 (PDF): Draining pools; spring cleaning tips; home improvement and water; drinking water award. 

Summer 2017 (PDF): New water payment portal; cost of service study; caring for storm drains.  

Fall 2017 (PDF): storm drains; drinking water testing; flood insurance maps. 

Water Resources

Answers to Common Questions About Lead

Water Facts and Actions from the University of Michigan Water Semester:
10 Water Facts You Should Know and 10 Things You Can Do to Protect Water Resources

US Environmental Protection Agency groundwater and drinking water

Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment drinking water

The American Water Works Association's tap water website

Water Use Calculator


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919 Sunset Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: 734.994.2840
or 734.794.6426


Business Hours: M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except city holidays)

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