For most of us here in the United States, it feels like a given when you turn on the taps, crystal clear H2O is going to come flowing out. But the quality of water can be very different depending on where you live not only in the world, but right here at home. Many places have limited access to clean drinking water and don’t have the infrastructure to support indoor plumbing as we’ve seen in cities like Flint, Michigan.
Each of us uses approximately 80 gallons of water every day for bathing, preparing food, cleaning dishes and clothes and what we drink, of course. So, while companies like us at Central States Water Resources do most of the work to deliver clean, safe and reliable water, we all have an obligation to do our part. And there’s no better time that right now during National Water Quality Month.
The most important thing we can do to ensure our water is safe is by protecting our local watershed: the land that eventually drains into a body of water. CSWR does this by renovating lagoons to prevent harmful overflows and sealing wellheads like we did in Elm Hills, preventing dangerous chemicals from entering the local water system. But there are things each person can do, too.
Here are a few tips of things you can do to keep the water resources around you healthy and chemical-free as can be:
Use Your Trash Can
The fewer things that go down your drains, better. While the soap from your shower or tiny food scraps won’t hurt anything, things like paints and medication should be thrown away instead.
Pick Up After Your Pet
Pet waste can contain all manner of harmful substances – from salmonella to E. coli. When your dog does its doodie, you have a duty to scoop that poop and properly dispose of it.
Go to A Professional Car Wash
We all love saving a buck or two, but when you clean your own car out in the driveway, those chemicals are draining right into your storm drain and out into local lakes or streams. Professional car washes are built around a proper sewer system that’s designed to handle contaminants.
Avoid Pesticides and Fertilizers
Good for your plants? Maybe. Bad for your water? Definitely. These products can easily run off your own soil and fall into the nearest waterway. It’s nice to have a green thumb, but not at the cost of a green stomach.
Together everyone achieves more. When you join up with others to clean streets, rivers and beaches, you can make a real positive impact on our communities.
CSWR is committed to doing our part. Pitch in if you can and have a great month!