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3 Ways to Help Reduce Water Pollution
No matter who you are, you can help reduce water pollution. A serious problem, water pollution can make water contaminated, which means that it isn’t safe to drink or even use. Contaminated water is dangerous to our pets, wild animals and even our households. But if you want to help ensure cleaner water for you, your family and the planet, these three options will take you a long way.
Choose non-toxic products to reduce water pollution
One of the leading causes of water pollution, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, is the fact that rain washes unsafe substances into larger bodies of water. Because of this, it makes sense to use products that are not harmful to the environment in your yard and home. The council recommends using non-toxic products, many of which can be found in local stores. But when you can’t use non-toxic products, you need to know how to get rid of toxic products so that they don’t cause water pollution. The Council suggests disposing of the items during local hazardous waste days. Under no circumstances should you pour these chemicals down the drain.
Practice green car and yard care to reduce water pollution
When you use toxic fertilizers in your yard, you’re on the road to pollution. If you want to reduce water pollution, use a non-toxic fertilizer like compost. Toxic fertilizers not only turn into ocean and lake pollution when it rains, but they can also be absorbed into the water supply when there is poor drainage in the yard.
In addition, you should avoid letting motor oil drip on the driveway when performing car maintenance. Instead, dispose of motor oil through your local community’s hazardous waste disposal day or through other pollution reduction programs. The Natural Resources Defense Council suggests asking for such a day or program if one does not exist in your community.
Don’t flush what you shouldn’t flush
If you’re flushing non-biodegradable items, according to the Council, you’re not practicing good water pollution reduction techniques. Diapers, tampon applicators and other flushed items could eventually end up dirtying our oceans if you do so. In addition, the Council suggests that they can damage water treatment efforts. To encourage others to abide by this and other water pollution regulations, spread the word. Post signs above toilets and in restrooms; talk to your neighbors; and advocate community water pollution education.