Pollution At Home: 3 Ways To Prevent Water Contamination In Your Own Backyard
It only takes a simple Google search to see how much water contamination is affecting our planet on a daily basis. From major news stories like those about Flint, Michigan to everyday scandals, we have a serious water problem. Toxic chemicals with unpronounceable names leech into underground systems, affecting the water we drink, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch grows bigger as each day passes.
Fortunately, it's not all doom and gloom; there are multiple organizations and foundations dedicated to stemming the pollution in our water systems. There are even things that you, as an individual, can do to try and limit your contribution -- and they keep your own backyard clean as a bonus. Here are a few of them.
Ditch harsh cleaning products. Remember those unpronounceable chemicals? Turns out a lot (re: most) of them originate from man-made cleaning supplies. In fact, 95% of wastewater shows the presence of chemicals from antibacterial soaps and cleaning products. Switching to natural disinfectants like vinegar, salt, or baking soda can have better impact on the health of your home and the environment.
Pick up after your pet. Many states and counties have rules about picking up your dog's waste, but few people abide by them. As a result, dog waste is one of the leading causes in stormwater pollutants -- every time it rains, the water that flows down your streets picks up the bacteria present in FooFoo's poo-poos. Plus, waste is high nitrogen and phosphorus, which negatively impact water quality.
Install a home water dispenser. Residential water cooler services benefit the environment in several ways: they eliminate the plastic waste caused by water bottle use (which is a big deal because Americans are drinking 38% more water than they were 15 years ago), the provide advanced filtration and balance pH (keeping you safe from any contaminants that might have gotten into your local water system), and their efficiency helps reduce your carbon footprint. Water sterilization never tasted better!
It's important to be conscious of the impact our individual actions have on this beautiful planet. Water sterilization wouldn't be necessary if we were all more aware, to begin with; fortunately, it's never too late to start!