Water Health and Your Community
When it comes to the quality of water in the local community, everyone can be a part of this effort. While the main job of treating the water is left to the treatment plants, everyone can participate in terms of avoiding pollution and not throwing things into the water inlets that are going to be toxic. Trash and the items that go into it need to be disposed of correctly, whether it’s coming from a business or personal home. When a community is educated and made aware of the results of their actions, they can make better choices when it comes to water quality and potential sources of pollution.
In terms of the water supply that nature creates, it’s a wonderful place to visit but not a great place to leave things behind. Everything that gets left behind on camping or hiking trips, such as drinks, wrappers, and small containers can pollute the water stream causing problems for both animals and the water treatment plants down the stream. Pack in/pack out is a very good awareness reminder for just this scenario.
Pouring things down the drain like bacon grease and other similar items don’t just cause a problem in your house, but also the main pipes where water flows to the neighborhood. If everyone were to take the time to learn about the results of their choices, they would be smarter when it comes to taking care of their water supply. There are agencies who specialize in water education and have materials ready for those who want to learn, like the ASEA, and you can learn a lot from their website online. Once you learn what you can, teach it and share it with your kids, so they understand the value of the local water they use.
If we continue to maintain a state of awareness, the water supplies we have will last longer and will be able to help more people. It’s not the job of a single individual, but rather everyone’s job who uses the local water to make smarter decisions and think of the long term results our actions can have.
You might even want to turn it into a game, to see how much you can conserve while still taking care of your basic and daily needs. As a family, if you work on a project like this, it creates an environment where anyone can make a difference, no matter how small they are, and that it’s everyone’s job to work towards and maintain the health of the local water supply.