There are several ways to get involved to help promote and pledge to water quality and preservation.
1. Make the Switch
Both at home and at work, choose natural cleaning products instead of ones that have harsh chemicals, perfumes and dyes that end up in water when washed down the drain.
2. Safely Dispose of Hazardous Material
Expired medications, fertilizers, car oil, paints and other hazardous materials contaminate water when they get flushed down the toilet or washed into sewers. Instead, take them to the county health department for proper disposal.
3. Pick It Up
Pet waste and litter are not only unattractive to look at, but they also impact water quality. When it rains or when snow melts, pet waste and litter get washed into rivers or storm sewers. Trash breaks down in the water, spreading chemicals used for manufacturing of materials like plastic and metal, which harms wildlife. Pet waste is full of bacteria that can make people sick.
4. Conserve Usage
Simple actions such as turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth or only running full loads in the dishwasher can make a difference by conserving the amount of water that has to be treated and distributed. Plant native flowers and grasses in the yard instead of annuals or invasive plants. Native plant varieties are adapted to the weather and soil conditions found in the region and will require less watering than non-natives.