Have water problems in your home? Do you have bad tasting water and are looking for pure drinking water? Well, it turns out that your household can have an impact on cutting down pollutants in the water in your area. Here are some interesting ways you can reduce your impact on polluted waterways.
- Take care of your toilet
Remember that your toilet is not a trash can and every item that gets flushed may come back to haunt you. Items such as paper towels, feminine products, baby wipes, and even food wrappers can cause huge problems in the sewage treatment process. These items will easily end up in water treatment plants, on beaches, and are dangerous to sea life. Also make sure never to flush expired or unused medications, as they can disintegrate and pollute water. Your local pharmacy should be able to dispose of them properly.
- Clean your outdoor surfaces
While this sounds a bit strange, think of it this way. Rainwater and snow will flow over some areas of your yard and bring whatever is with it to the sewer. Keep debris and dirt from clogging by simply being meticulous when grooming your yard by keeping leaves, dirt, and stones away from any hard surfaces. If you cannot get around having hard surfaces in your yard — such as a sidewalk or a driveway — make sure to use porous materials such as wood, paver stones, or gravel.
- Be conscious of your dog
This goes with cleaning your outdoor surfaces. Not only is it considerate, but it prevents germs, bacteria from entering the water system. The best way to clean up after your pet? Use little doggie bags made from decomposable materials.
- Get your car washed professionally
Professional car washers have a specific system for their dirty liquids and are required by law to drain them accordingly. They will also take care of checking your antifreeze, changing your oil, and get rid of your coolant as they have a specific water filtration system that treats the water before it enters the sewer.
There are over 500,000 tons of pollutants poured into lakes and rivers each day into the U.S. alone. With these tips in mind, you can help to ensure your drinking water is as clean as it can be!