It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep our water clean
One of the main things that people can do to help the environment is to use water responsibly and sparingly. Making sure that you are not polluting the water supply by chemical, or other means is a great way to ensure the future of clean water across the globe. Following the tips below you can go a long way to reducing water pollution, and leaving clean water for future generations.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
Properly disposing of things that cannot be recycled stops them from polluting our already dirty rivers, streams and oceans. You would be amazed at how the smallest of items such as a cigarette butt have a drastic environmental effect. When people toss their cigarettes to the ground at a beach or riverside area those butts can end up traveling upstream and polluting the very water we rely on for sustenance.
Minimize Your use of Harsh Chemicals
If you can minimize or even eliminate your use of harsh chemicals this can make a huge difference in protecting our global water supple from pollution. When you use harsh chemicals those chemical can then be absorbed into a body of water, this can have devastating results on ecosystems and wildlife such as fish and game. Some chemical such as nitrogen and phosphorus, which are common ingredients in man-made fertilizers, can lead to an algae growth surge when they enter a body of water. This surge of algae can kill off existing aquatic life and make the surviving aquatic life ineligible for human consumption.
Properly dispose of Hazardous Materials
Correctly disposing of materials like paint, automotive and household oils, as well as unused or outdated pharmaceuticals prevents them from entering our water supply. Talk to your local county or municipal center about chemical recycling centers in your area.
Reduce Your Water Usage
By lowering your water usage, you can help keep our already diminishing water stores cleaner. This will also help to keep water available in our aquifers and water towers for those times when people really need it such as a drought or heavy water shortage. As we have experienced with recent droughts, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Ensure that water run-off is minimal
When you wash your car or water your lawn, the water that runs off into the street can contain chemicals that can taint our current water supply. Consider sweeping your driveway or patio to get rid or debris -OR- sweep before you rinse, this can cut the water run-off by half. When you wash your car, use a bucket of water instead of just hosing away. Porous outdoor surfaces such gravel and gardens can help to minimize run-off as well.
Try Water Recapturing
Designing a home rainwater capture system, a system which captures rainwater from your gutters or in the middle of storm, can be both fun and educational. The basic rainwater capture system channels through rain gutters into barrel for collection where you can then filter it and use it. Gray water systems can be designed by professionals to recirculate water throughout your home in ways that are non-contaminating. Gray water systems filter waste water (such as from showers, toilets or sinks) and use that water for irrigation and other non-potable uses.
Please use the above tips, before it’s too late!
By treating our water with respect, we respect ourselves. We also respect our descendants by leaving them clean, life saving water stores for years to come. Remember that it only takes a little effort to save a lot.