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How to Celebrate Water Quality Month

What can individuals and families can do to prevent water pollution from their homes especially during Water Quality Month? Here’s a short list of things that you can do at home to help:

  • Not using antibacterial soaps or cleaning products. Regular soap and water will do the trick. Much of the antibacterial soaps contain a registered pesticide that is known to harm marine life.

  • Not flushing unwanted or out-of-date medications down the toilet or drain.

  • Not putting anything but water down storm drains because they carry water to local waterways.

  • Fixing leaks that drop from cars and putting liners in driveways to collect oil and other materials.

  • Avoid using pesticides or chemical fertilizers.

  • Choose nontoxic household products when possible.

  • Pick up after pets.

  • Not paving properties.

  • If you have a private well make sure it is tested and cleaned regularly. There can be bacteria build up in wells.

  • Read your local water quality report so you know what the water quality is in your area.

Another option could be to gather a group of family, friends, and neighbors and volunteer to clean a local water source. You could bring a picnic (and some beer for the adults) and hold a contest to see who can clean up the most trash and debris, offering a prize to the winning team.

It’s a great way to get everyone together and enjoy an outdoor day full of fun and good-doing!

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