The Kansas (Kaw) River is important to our everyday life. Many homes, schools and businesses use river water that is purified by their city water treatment plant for drinking, cooking and washing. Also, waste water from toilets, garbage disposals and washing machines is treated by the city and returned to the Kaw.
“Everyone lives down stream” describes how all of us are affected by the health of the river and how important clean water is to our society as well as the plants and animals that depend on the river. The picture below gives some ideas on how you can do your part to protect the Kaw.