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Posted on Jun 1, 2010

What Steps Can My Family Take Around the Yard to Encourage Clean Water?

Most drinking water is taken from the lakes, ponds, and other bodies of water around a metropolitan area. The water drawn from these resources goes through different filtration processes to make it acceptable as drinking water for the general public. The origin of much of the pollution that ends up in those places comes homes and offices. Lots of harmful chemicals and hazardous substances used in residential yard care gets into rivers and lakes during rainy days. Rain washes fertilizers, car oil, and pesticides into nearby sewers and rivers. This ultimately affects drinking water and the purification process it goes through before it reaches the public.

Contaminants that you use in your driveway and on your yard end up in the water that you use to drink. It doesn’t have to be like this. We can round up our families and get organized to help our bodies of water instead of causing harm to our clean water supply. Here are some steps you can take.

  • Separate hazardous household products and dispose of them accordingly.

Substances such as paint, oil, insecticides, cleaning solutions, and pool chemicals must not be thrown into sinks, toilets, or drains. These chemicals will end up in sewers mixed in with water if it is not properly handled. This could also cause harmful chemicals to be mixed in with different bodies of water that eventually become part of the water that comes into your home. Instead, inquire about hazardous waste collection days and locations through your local government. Use those resources to dispose of hazardous chemicals properly and safely.

  • Choose natural fertilizers and nontoxic products.

Re-use leftovers and other biodegradable kitchen trash and make it into compost, which will provide natural fertilizers for your lawn and garden. This will not only lower the amount of your household trash, it will also lower the demand for synthetic fertilizer. This also means that no harmful fertilizer chemicals will be swept into the clean water supply from your home. Natural fertilizer and compost kits can be purchased at hardware and garden stores.

  • Do not overwater your garden.

Drenching your soil with too much water makes it easier for fertilizer to be washed into nearby water reserves and contaminate the clean water you and your family need. Consider using a trickle irrigation system and soaker hoses, which are designed to avoid overwatering your lawn.

  • Lessen hard ground surfaces in your property.

Choose softer materials such as gravel, wood, and other porous materials instead of hard materials such as asphalt, cement, and concrete. Softer surfaces absorb water more quickly and improve drainage in your yard. It also reduces runoff from your yard, which takes chemical toxins into the clean water reserves that the city uses for the public water supply.

  • Be an advocate for clean water.

Environmentally friendly materials and products may not be available at your local home and garden shops. If you find yourself in this situation, remember to always ask these stores to carry products that will benefit our environment. If your local government does not have hazardous waste collection days and locations, let them know about the importance of having one and ask for one in your locality.

Share the importance of composting to the people around you. Ask your officials to make important water conservation and protection laws. Encourage your friends and neighbors to also take these steps to help better your neighborhood and community. Remember that the efforts you do at home to save and clean the water will ultimately affect the water you drink and the health of your family.

  • Protect your family’s water supply.

While all of the steps outlined above will help reduce the contamination of water from the care and maintenance of your lawn, you can never be certain that all of your neighbors are taking steps to protect the clean water supply as well. The solution is for you to install a reliable home water filtration system such as those made by Aquasana. In this way, you are doing all you can at a family level to stop contributing to the water contamination problem in your city. At the same time, you are taking immediate action so the contamination that is already in the public water reserves is stopped by your Aquasana water filtration system before it can affect the health of your family. That is a good two-part plan to assure healthy and clean water now and to build a brighter future with clean water for future generations as well.