August has been designated National Water Quality Month, and what better way to celebrate than by helping your community? Every individual and organization can make a difference when it comes to improving the quality of our drinking water and natural water resources.
Do Your Part
Everyone can make a difference by making small changes, such as not flushing unwanted or out-of-date medications down the toilet; fixing leaks; cutting down on the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers; using environmentally-friendly products around the home whenever possible, picking up after your pets and not putting anything but water down storm drains. Be aware of what you are pouring down any drain. Take used oil or antifreeze to a service station or recycling center.
Don’t Over-water Your Lawn
Over-watering your lawn wastes water and can increase the flow of fertilizers deep into soils and eventually groundwater supplies, which are an important drinking water source.
Did you know that a recent report found that northern Utah has too much chromium-6, a chemical known to cause cancer, in its water supply? While some of this chemical reportedly appears naturally, the EPA has also linked the chemical to the use of fossil fuels as well. Although improving the water quality in Utah requires a widespread approach that involves everyone, you can start helping your community on a personal level by reducing your use of fossil fuels wherever possible – biking or taking public transport instead of driving, for instance.