Community Education

Everyone has a role in keeping our local waterways and the environment healthy. When you flush the toilet or wash the dishes, the water goes down the drain and travels to the wastewater treatment plant where it is cleaned and then released to the Willamette River. Simple, everyday actions to reduce the pollutants that go down the drain make a difference in improving the quality of our rivers. Learn more by exploring the pages on this website, and stay updated by signing up for our e-newsletter and following the MWMC on social media.

The MWMC values its connection with the customers it serves, local partners, and the broader community. Read the 2020 MWMC Annual Report to learn more about our achievement and efforts from the past year. Read the 2021 MWMC Communications Plan to learn more about our efforts to engage with community members, partner agencies and other identified audiences.

Want more information?

The MWMC is happy to send a representative to deliver a presentation at your organization’s meeting. Presentations are available on a variety of topics including: a general overview of the MWMC, Capital Improvement Program, and Biocycle Farm. If you have a particular area of interest, please contact our Lead Communication Coordinator Loralyn Spiro, 541.726.2233.

Picasso of the Pipes

Sitting in Springfield City Hall is an art installation that’s been enjoyed by community members for decades. It’s a mosaic of 5,200 items pieced together to create a city seal, and they all came from Springfield’s wastewater system. Artist Russell Ziolkowski created the piece in the early 1970s, using items he found cleaning wastewater pipes as a Springfield Public Works employee. Russell’s artwork received national media attention and has become a beloved piece of Springfield and our region’s history.

Watch the video below to learn more about Russell’s art and his story. Video credit to former KEZI reporter Heather Hintze.