How To Stop Water Pollution
How To Stop Water Pollution
How to lessen and stop WATER pollution in your community:
Some General Ways to Prevent Water Pollution
- If you can, pick up litter and garbage by hand, and take it to your personal garbage can before it travels into local waterways.
- Never put chemicals down the drain. Place them into your outside garbage can or take them to the local authorized center.
- Wash your car where the water and soap can go to a dirt or grass area instead of a street and drain to the river or creek.
- Don’t try to clean up a spill by washing it into a gutter or storm drain.
- Commercial absorbent or cheap cat litter, sand, or dirt can usually stop or hold a spill. After that, scoop up the soaked up material, in a plastic bag, and take the toxic mess to your garbage can or local dump.
- Never wash your motor oil down the gutter. Take it to the nearest auto parts store and they will get rid of it for nothing.
- Blow chemicals or fertilizer up onto the grass or gravel so they will not wash down the street into the gutter.
Some Great Ways to Reduce Water Pollution Today
Here at the office we came up with several ideas and also found some other great ones at related websites.
Try to use as little plastic as possible
Almost all of the plastic we use ends up in the world’s water supply because it is so hard to break down. Our rivers and oceans are filled with plastic where it gets even more difficult to remove and safely recycled so if you try to use as little plastic items as you can, then automatically you are helping the planet be a little freer.
If you have an option, pick a recyclable
If there are more than one option for a object that you want to buy, try to choose the one that is easily recyclable. For example, a glass container is much healthier than plastic. Plus, it can be used and cleaned over and over, then recycled to be made into a new product.
Maintain your vehicles regularly
A car, truck, or engine needs maintenance after regular or mileage periods. Oil and other dangerous fluids leaking from them can wind up in the local water system or run off into gutters into lakes, creeks and streams.
If you are careful about taking care of and repairing your vehicles then little things will not get big. Seals, hoses, and gaskets can get cracked lean and then tend to become more expensive mechanical problems. But when you are repairing your vehicle watch for spills, like oil.
The waste, solid and liquid, that gets away when you are working on your car or bike can be dangerous to water. Oil and transmission fluid are two examples of liquids you do not want in your drains or sewers.
Pick up other people’s litter
If you find other people’s little near water, if you feel safe doing it, pick up their items and throw them in a safe place. Try to put it in a bag or can but if there is nothing there save it and throw it away when you get home. Unfortunately, people are mostly not kind to the earth and thinking someone else will do their job, but we can all try to help each other and our environment by being loving to our planet.
Be very careful with toxic chemicals
Ammonia, bleach, paint, paint thinner, and many other very dangerous chemicals are a terrible problem. Therefore safe and careful disposal of these is very important.
If you have to deal with these remember that there are recycling centers and drop-off sites for a safe means of disposal that can take the old paint, used motor oil, and other chemicals and recycle them more safely. Today, we have many alternatives as companies are now selling less-toxic cleaners and even biodegradable cleaners and pesticides.
First, join us or other water-loving organizations by volunteering to help cleanup local beaches, lakes, creeks and rivers
We love financial donations, but even more, we love personal time given to help clean up local rivers or beaches or help get the word out by collecting chemicals and oils from your local families. Most all environmental groups, like ours, need and want help of all kinds to help make our shared world a little cleaner. Get involved locally, you will be glad that you did.
Just try not to litter
Because we are talking about water pollution, we will focus on that but please try not to litter ever especially if you are in an area where there is a nearby lake, river, or ocean, do not toss out any type of litter or garbage into or near the water. Even if you throw away a litter, cellophane wrapper or piece of gum on the beach, the tide will eventually pick it up and carry it into the water supply. Every little bit counts.
When possible, reuse things as often as you can.
Whenever you buy something that you cannot recycle, like most plastics, try to reuse things as many times as you can. By doing this you will reduce the plastics load on the Earth because less consumption will eventually wind up in the world’s rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.
Pesticides are almost always bad for water
Always try to minimize your chemical pesticides and herbicides because generally both are very harmful to the environment. Go online or visit gardening stores or landscaping companies in your town to learn about more safer replacements for these products. It can be done quite easily.
Use as little water as possible
Turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth or soaking dishes. A bath actually uses a lot more water than showering, but do not take long showers if a short one is all you need. Put in water restrictors into your shower head.
Get a water-efficient toilet or put a brick in a standard toilet tank to reduce flush water.
Try to buy and eat organic
Living an organic diet reduces the amount of dangerous chemical pollution that can wind up in the water. Organic foods also tend to be produced with fewer toxic and dangerous chemicals. Also animals that are raised for meat need great sums of water for the nourishment and grains they need for them to develop and to keep them alive and often their waste will end up in groundwater, streams, creeks, lakes, and rivers.
Finally, our last two ideas to help reduce water pollution go together.
Cut back on bleaches and detergents
Be safe and frugal. Do not add two cups of bleach in your washing machine when the instructions only call for one cup. Whenever possible, buy safer detergents, soaps, and dishwashing liquids. While these are often more expensive, you will be helping the environment and also doing a great service by using less harmful alternatives.
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