How to Help Maintain Water
Pollution of Water
How can you help the water situation? Water pollution and water depletion are very serious issues, and it is human activity that is the most responsible for both problems. It is, unfortunately, incredibly easy for human waste to find its way into the ocean. However, it finds its way into local streams, rivers, and lakes even easier. The physical garbage that is visible, however, is not the worst part of the problem. The worst pollutants are the ones that get into the water that we cannot see. From harmful industrial pollutants, to the liquid and gaseous pollutants that come out of whatever ends up in our everyday garbage, available water is getting contaminated on a daily basis. These contaminants kill animal life, like fish, coral reefs, birds, and more. They also kill off the plant life in the water that many of these animals feed on. These are also the pollutants that get into aquifers, which are underground sources of water.
Clean Drinking Water
Further, these pollutants severely weaken the quality of humanity’s, now, limited sources of potable drinking water. These sources of drinking water are limited, not just because of pollution, but also because of over use. This over use is not necessarily intentional, but it is a problem. With the human population now exceeding 7.4 billion people, limited sources of water are soon going to become expended sources of water if something is not done to alleviate the issue. All is not lost; however, there are things that regular citizens can do to help stop the pollution of the Earth’s water and to help return humanity’s potable water sources to sustainable levels.
How you Can Help the Water Situation
- Anyone that owns a home likes to keep their lawn looking nice. If you use a chemical based fertilizer, use less of it. When it rains, the excess fertilizer will run off into the drainage system and make its way into local creeks, rivers, lakes, aquifers, or even the ocean.
- When you have used motor oil left over from lawn equipment, or any other lawn chemicals that you may not know what to do with, do not pour them out into your storm drain. Again, they will make it into the drainage system and then contaminate the water supply. Instead, make use of your city’s our county’s hazardous waste disposal program.
- Water your lawn early in the morning when it is not hot. This will reduce your water use. If you water your lawn in the afternoon, you will use more water due to evaporation.
- Do not water your lawn every single day. A healthy lawn only needs an inch of water a week. If it rains, do not water your lawn at all that week. Nature has done the job for you.
- No matter how you water your grass, make sure to avoid watering hard surfaces, like the sidewalk, the driveway, or the street. This is pure waste.
- If you have trees and bushes in your yard, deploy mulch around their bases. A nice layering of mulch will retain more water, which will reduce the amount of water that you have to use to keep your plants healthy.
- Do not ever throw physical garbage into your local streams or other bodies of water. This contaminates your drinking supply, and puts marine life in jeopardy.
- Recycle everything that you can. Old motor oil, used lawn chemicals, waste plastic, paper products, metal products, and many more items can be repurposed or reused. Call your local recycling center to see what they take. You can also find creative reuses for many of the products that you would normally throw out. Some old twine, a metal clip, and a rinsed out vegetable food can make for a great bird feeder.
- If you own a car, do not use your water hose to wash it. You can do the same work with a bucket. This will save water and ease the damage to your wallet when the water bill comes.
- If you own a dishwasher, make sure to only run it when it is full. The average dishwasher uses around twelve gallons of water per cycle. Running the machine when it is only half full wastes water.
- If you own in home laundry machines, do not run your wash machine unless it is full. The average laundry washing machine uses forty gallons of water per cycle. If you have a small load, either weight to do your laundry, or adjust the water level before you run the machine.
- When you are using the bathroom sink, whether it be to brush your teeth or shave, perhaps, do not leave the water during the entire process. Only run the water when you need to. For every minute that you leave the sink running, an average of five gallons of water is wasted.
- Spend less time in the shower. The longer you take in the shower, the more water you waste.
- Repair leaky faucets, pipes, and toilets. The longer you go without repairing the leak, the more money you will spend and the more water you will waste.