As we are thinking about the fun of Labor Day and the last hurrah for Summer, we wanted to re-post this article about Water Quality Month. It’s a good reminder year-round!
Summer is a time when many people are enjoying water in some form or fashion. Whether you’re swimming in the ocean, kayaking down the James, fishing in your favorite lake, or simply enjoying a few giant glasses of water in the hot, hot sun – water is all around us. Since August is National Water Quality Month, it’s a good time to consider ways to contribute to keeping our water clean and safe (a lesson we should carry with us year-round).
Here are some easy tips that you can make a part of your daily routine from the Natural Resources Defense Council:
- Choose gravel over asphalt when possible. Porous surfaces can stop pollution streams when it rains.
- Never flush nondegradable products. They can throw a huge wrench into the sewage treatment process and wind up littering beaches and water.
- Don’t let paint, used oil, chemical cleaners, or other questionable household products go down the drain. These items contain toxic ingredients we don’t want in our water supply.
- Pick up after your dog. You’re not just being a good neighbor – scooping up pet waste keeps bacteria from running into storm drains and water supplies.
- Be a careful car owner. Perform regular maintenance to reduce nasty liquid emission, and go to the car wash – they have drain systems that keep the bad water in check.
You can read more the full article here.
Remember – water is essential to life. Let’s do what we can to keep it clean!