The quality of groundwater is a concern for everyone. Groundwater accounts for more than 95% of fresh water resources available in the U.S., and it’s the drinking water source for about 50% of our countries populous. Consider that over 80% of what are considered the most hazardous waste sites in our country are negatively impacting the groundwater supply, and that we collectively use approximately 400 billion gallons of water daily in the United States. Suffice to say, groundwater treatment remediation and water treatment companies are our allies in this struggle.
But what can be done on a personal level? Are there things that citizens can do to stave off groundwater contamination? Water treatment companies engage in numerous processes to “clean” the water, but there are ways we can all behave which will have a positive impact on our precious water supply.
10 Ways to Protect and Conserve Groundwater
Substances like paint, motor oil, unused prescriptions and other household chemicals must be properly disposed of. Reach out to local authorities about household hazardous waste sites or scheduled drops/collections.
In addition to not dumping chemicals on the ground, even when you’re on your own property, using less toxins and chemicals in and around your home will help preserve the groundwater
Go through and check all toilets,, fixtures and faucets for any leaks or drips. Tighten offenders immediately and consider installing conservation models
Although sometimes it’s inevitable, shut the faucet off while shaving or brushing your teeth – it makes a significant difference. Consider keeping a pitcher of refrigerated water available rather than running the faucet until the coldest water starts to come up
Keep your shower time down to five minutes and ask the household to do the same; limit laundry and dishwasher use to just full loads only
Rather than gratuitous watering of your lawn and outdoor plants on a timer, consider running your sprinklers manually and only when the grass and flowers really need it. Be sure to heed any locally-placed restrictions
Native plants and grasses on your property require less fertilizer, less watering and less application of chemicals
Whenever it’s possible, nontoxic cleaners around the house cause less groundwater damage. Citrus-based cleaners and those made with vinegar and baking soda actually work well on normal messes and do not negatively impact the water supply. If the ones for sale at the natural food stores seem too expensive, try diluting some lemon juice in warm water and make your own
It can’t be stressed enough — try and keep the amount of everything you use to only what you need. We’ve become needlessly wasteful, but by recycling aluminum, glass, paper, certain plastics, cardboard and other materials, we stretch the usefulness of what we already have, lessening the need to manufacture more
Read up on the issues facing our water supply and tell others what you learn. It’s true, people don’t always want to hear it… and that’s too bad!
Water treatment companies are only part of the picture — groundwater management needs to start at home.
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