What can you do to protect water quality?


 Current Surface Water Advisories

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s vision is healthy people in healthy communities.

One way we work toward this goal is by protecting and enhancing natural environments. This includes safe and reliable water resources like lakes, streams, and the Puget Sound.


Keep water clean!

Learn more about Natural Yard Care

  • Thoughtful use of water and fertilizers.
  • Planting the right plant in the right place.
  • Preserving healthy soil conditions.

Know where your Septic System is and how to take care of it. This can help keep bacteria from entering streams and drinking water.


Why does all this matter?

Environmental Health Indicators can help you see what impacts Pierce County residents, and how the environment affects your health. Environmental health is the connection between ecosystem and human health. This includes natural resources that help us thrive—clean air, safe and reliable water, and healthy food. It also includes natural and man-made chemical, biological and physical hazards to our health. Environmental health indicators can show trends and help guide decisions.