The Local Community and Water Health
When it comes to the quality of water in the local community, everyone can be a part of this effort. Sure, the treatment plans are responsible for the main job of producing clean water, but everyone can assist them by not throwing away toxic substances and avoiding pollution whenever possible. It doesn’t matter whether you’re throwing away trash at your work or house, since it’s an easy choice to make sure that certain substances are disposed of correctly. Water quality and potential pollution sources are topics that need to be shared with the members of a community so they can use this education and awareness more efficiently.
While it’s wonderful to spend time in nature, it’s not great to leave behind a mess that could end up in the water supply. Those seemingly small wrappers, packages, and drinks that people don’t throw out when they’re hiking or camping can later wreak problems for the water treatment plants or simply become pollutants and a danger to animals. This scenario can be avoided by packing out whatever you pack in.
Something as simple as pouring bacon grease down your kitchen drain might not sound like such a bad thing, but this will affect your neighbors also as it adds up in the main pipes below the neighborhood. It may seem like the water supply is a given and will always be there, but if we’re not careful with how we treat it, it will not remain a reliable resource. Visiting sites from agencies like the ASEA Science page will give you a lot of information to think about and you can access that data 24 hours a day. Then, you can share this information with your children, so they too can learn how to care for the water they drink and 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.