Pollutants often make it difficult for us to keep our water clean. However, with a little effort from our communities, we can protect our water sources and in turn have clean drinking water. Although we can’t control some environmental issues, we can all do our part in our everyday routines as community members. Let’s take a look at what you can do to help keep your water source safe.
When you dump something and forget about it, it doesn’t truly go away. Some pollutants will reach your water source, and that’s not a good thing. Even when you pour something into the ground in your own backyard, it can reach the groundwater and nearby surface water. People often improperly dispose of several items in their homes. Never just dump the following items; instead, contact your local waste management company to find out how to safely dispose of them in your area:
- Motor oil
- Flea collars
- Empty or half-used paint cans
- Household cleaners
As we mentioned, contact your waste management company or your city to see what sort of help is available for properly disposing of these products.
Volunteers are needed to spread the word about harmful pollutants in the water as well as to volunteer their time to clean and improve certain aspects that affect the water. The following are some ideas of how you can volunteer your time to keep your water source safe:
This is not only fun and pretty but also very helpful for your community. Drain stenciling consists of volunteers painting stenciled pictures next to drainage grates to remind others that they aren’t places to dump harmful pollutants. Pictures of fish or bodies of water represent the need to keep the drainage system free and clear.
Unblocking Drainage Systems
Drainage systems are needed to manage stormwater and all excess surface water. Unfortunately, litter and storm debris such as sticks and rocks often clog drainage systems. When blocked, that water has nowhere to go. This creates a mess as flooding occurs, which then leads to more pollutants entering the water source. When you can, volunteer to keep drainage grates clear.
Cleaning Up Beaches and Wetlands
If you live near any beaches or wetlands, offer your time by cleanup crew. Whatever people litter at the beach usually goes right into the water. We need to keep those areas clean.
Hopefully, our list has given you an idea of what you can do to help keep your water source safe. As we all pitch in, together we can create a healthy environment and clean water sources.