How To Keep Your Community’s Water Supply Clean

Mar 28 2016

communitywatersource2Community water supplies are important to individual and environmental health. Water supplies are easily contaminated and require concerted efforts on the part of communities to keep them clean and free of contamination. While municipal water treatment facilities do much of the decontamination and treatment for portability, individuals within a community still carry a large responsibility to prevent contamination of watersheds and runoffs into rivers, streams, and lakes.

Trash, hazardous materials, chemicals, yard waste, and other kinds of harmful contaminants can adversely affect important aqueous environments and community water supplies. Often this contamination is due to individual negligence when it comes to properly disposing of waste and dealing with runoff from lawn chemicals and other environmentally harmful items into gutters and eventually into water supplies. Here are a few important tips on doing your part to keep community water supplies clean.

Prevent Waste Water Runoff

Keeping waste water from harmful chemicals–especially those from yard maintenance products–out of gutters and away from moving water. Even the soap and chemicals you use to wash your car can contribute to contamination of waterways. When washing your vehicle, do so on the lawn instead of the driveway to prevent runoff and repurpose water instead of allowing it to go to waste running down the street and gutter. Take care to keep other chemicals like pesticides and weed killers out of the gutters.

Clear Trash & Debris

Maintaining community water also comes down to picking up trash and other debris from streams and rivers. In moving water, it is especially important to do your part and clean debris and trash since this eventually flows to a central water source and treatment facility. Clearing this debris then requires more energy from the treatment facility. When you seen trash accumulated along a river bank or in a stream, do the right thing and pick it up and throw it away in a designated trash receptacle. Everyone doing their part to keep water sources free of trash and other human contaminants will help to protect natural water sources and keep community water safe.

Take Precautions with the Drain

Be careful what you put down drains and in pipes as this eventually ends up in a water source and can cause environmental degradation. Toxic, caustic cleaning chemicals can contaminate water supplies and lead to environmental damage. Take care with what goes into your pipes and remaining aware about the potential impact of chemicals entering the water supply is important part of preventing avoidable contamination of water systems and environmental deterioration.

It’s important to know what’s in your water and that you are drinking clean water. Whether you know you need a purification system or if you would like to find out what’s in your water, we are here to help. For any questions or to schedule a water evaluation, contact Superior today at (208) 343-7683 or online.