Rain drops in our yards and the street. It drains in the gutter and streams, and goes to the river and lake. We take water from the lake and treat it to drink. This is where your water comes from.
Local Pollution Information
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 44% of stream miles and 64% of lake acres are not suitable for fishing or swimming, due to pollution. If steps are not taken to preserve these valuable watersheds, access to clean water will continue to diminish.
It's important for communities to work together to stop watershed pollution-but what can you do personally?
Everything that goes down your drains or into the ground around your home will seep into the water supply. This includes household chemicals and fertilizers. Use the minimum amount of detergent and/or bleach when you are washing clothes or dishes. Use only phosphate free soaps and detergents. If you must use a chemical pesticide or fertilizer, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and apply it only to those areas where it's absolutely needed. Additionally, dispose of chemicals such as paint or oils properly. Never throw them down your drain!
Don't Flush Your Medications
Do not flush pills, liquid or powder medications or drugs down the toilet. For recommendations on proper disposal for all types of medical wastes, visit the Sumner Anti-Drug Coalition for proper disposal.
The Importance of Cleaning Up After Your Pet
Cleaning up after your pet is very important! Coming into contact with pet waste can pose several different health risks, including potential bacterial infections and parasitic infestation. Many different types of transmittable parasites and intestinal worms may be found in pet excrement and can be passed on to other pets and people and could lead to serious health issues. Additionally, pet waste can be washed into and pollute our streams and lake with bacteria and parasites causing unwanted algal blooms and a potentially toxic environment for fish. For more information, click on this informative Janitorial Cleaning Services website.
Know the Effect of Storm-Water Run-Off
You may not think it's a big deal that your car leaks oil on your driveway. But during a rainstorm, that oil gets washed down the storm drain and ends up in a body of water.
Storm Drains Send Water Directly to Our Lake
Never use storm drains to dispose of yard waste, motor oil, or antifreeze. Avoid excessive use of any chemical, including pesticides and fertilizers. These can contaminate the watershed and result in harmful algal blooms.
Remember that trash gets washed into our water sources every time it rains, through storm-water run-off systems. Do your part by keeping your yard and outdoor drains clear of litter. You may not be responsible for the street and roadside near your home, but go a few extra steps by picking up trash in these areas.