August 21, 2017 10:51am CST
According to the EPA, 40% of the USA's waterways suffer quality issues. Ya think? Between high levels of pathogens, mercury, heavy metals, nutrients and sediment, many of these pollutants are the result of upstream activities. There are several things that 'we' can do to help solve the problem. Don't use antibacterial soaps as they can't be completely removed by wastewater treatment facilities. Don't put anything but water down storm drains. Storm drains are not piped to a water treatment facility or cleaned before it is returned to streams and rivers. Fix leaks on cars and don't hose any residue to the storm drain. Avoid using pesticides or chemical fertilizers as they pollute both ground and surface water. (I wish we could talk the farmers into stopping that). Choose non-toxic household products when possible. We think our water is safe and all water is cleaned through water treatment facilities when it's not. And trust me; all 'bottled' water is not safe either considering it is in plastic which leaches chemicals into the water. It does help to have a Britta filter (or similar) or a unit that fits on the faucet in the kitchen. The most important thing to do however is to educate yourself about what's in 'your' water.
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That is true, so many people do not understand that they are polluting underground water when they use too many chemicals for cleaning their homes or using pesticides. W just hope they will value nature and stop polluting it.
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