Do you ever wonder how clean your drinking water is? And what you can do to prevent water runoff?
Here are seven tips you can do to prevent contaminated water runoff into drinking water sources from the NRDC.
- Don’t over- water your lawns and gardens. Over-watering lawns not only wastes water, but can also increase fertilizers leaching into groundwater.
- Grow plants and flowers that native to your area. Native plants need less water, are more tolerant of drought conditions, cost less to maintain and provide habitat for birds and butterflies. The less water needed for plants, means the more drinking water you have for your community.
- Use natural fertilizers. If you only apply natural fertilizers, such as compost, peat, rotted manure, and bone meal to help stimulate plant growth and retain soil moisture, you’ll decrease the use of chemical fertilizers that pollute local water sources.
- Use a drive thru car wash instead of washing your car at home. If you take your cars to a professional car wash, they are required to drain the wastewater into sewer systems, where it is treated before being discharged. This prevents oil and other fluids from your car from running into a sewer unfiltered and contaminating water sources.
- Recycle and properly dispose of all trash. When you improperly dispose of trash, such as flushing diapers or baby wipes, you can damage the sewage treatment process. Without proper water treatment, you could incur more costs and unsafe water.
- Make sure you dispose of all pet waste properly. Pick up pet waste before it has an opportunity to enter storm drains and water supplies from rain runoff.
- Do not dispose chemicals down the drain. When you need to dispose of caustic chemicals that could find their way into drinking water sources. of drinking water, (examples here) Contact your local sanitation, public works, or health department to find hazardous waste collection days and sites, and check Earth911.com for local recycling options.
These are a few steps you can take to protect our natural water resources in your communities. Next article will provide tips how to protect drinking water if you live outside the city limits.