MADISON (WKOW) -- Living in or near a city on an isthmus, it's hard to imagine life without lakes. But if we don't take care of them, our lakes could be in danger, according to the Clean Lakes Alliance.
That's why the group has organized an event this week called, "Imagine a Day Without Water." It's encouraging people to eat at participating restaurants this Thursday, September 15 and make a $1 donation for the tap water they would normally get for free.
Spectrum Brands is a major sponsor of the project. CEO Andreas Rouve says, "As a global company, Spectrum Brands thinks about how we impact people all over the world. We also know that acting locally truly makes a difference. We support "Imagine a Day without Water" at our corporate headquarters in Middleton and the greater Madison, Wisconsin area because the benefits go beyond our local community. Water in our community flows to the Rock River, then the Mississippi River, and ultimately reaches the Gulf of Mexico. By making a commitment to clean water here locally, we also help improve water in many other areas that our customers live, work and play.”
The Clean Lakes Alliance says, "In Dane County, our tap water is essentially our ground water because our underground aquifers are fed by our large lakes. Protecting our lakes helps ensure the lake water that seeps into the aquifer will be safe to drink."
Here are the restaurants participating: Ale Asylum, Barolo, Field Table, Graft, Julep, Lucille, Madison’s, Madison Club, Merchant, Rare, The Boathouse and The Statehouse.
All the money raised will go towards Clean Lakes Alliance's phosphorus reducing projects. Last year, more than 9,000 pounds of phosphorus was diverted from our watershed. That's 20% of Clean Lakes Alliance’s goal by 2025.
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