National Water Quality Month takes place every August. As a leading provider of water services throughout the Guilford, CT area, we can’t help but give you some tips to help celebrate. It’s important to protect your water quality so your family has the best, cleanest, and safest water they can. And, if you’re a business owner, water quality is important to ensure your patrons safety. So, in honor of National Water Quality Month, we’re giving you our best tips to improve the safety and quality of your water!
What Is National Water Quality Month?
National Water Quality Month is an opportunity to educate the community on the importance of ensuring your water is clean and safe. Almost everything we care about needs water in some way or another. In fact, water is essential to life. It is part of our survival, health, sanitation, geography, and many other parts.
Chances are you don’t think much about water quality. But there are a lot of reasons why you should. To start, water quality can contribute to the pollution of our local water systems. That means you can be washing with, drinking, or swimming in contaminated water. During National Water Quality Month, we like to take the time to let our clients know the importance of water quality. Believe it or not, there are many ways you can test your water quality and easy ways to improve it.
Tips on How to Improve Your Water Quality
Whether you use city water or well water, it is important you get advice on how to improve the quality of your water. Luckily, city water supplies are required to be regularly tested and proven clean according to the EPA. But, private water supplies do not need to follow the same standards.
Just because the EPA does not require you follow the standards of clean water, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t want to for the safety of those using the water supply in your home. Here are some great tips on how to improve the quality of your water and prevent the harm of contaminated water.
Watch What You Put Down the Drain
Just because your drains can be used as a way to dispose of waste doesn’t mean they should be used for all types of waste. It’s crucial that you understand what types of things should be kept out of your drains. That’s why we take time during National Water Quality Month to point out that things like harsh chemicals, grease, and prescription medications shouldn’t be put down the drain.
When items like these are put down the drain, there is a chance they can get into your water supply. Other things that you should avoid putting down the drain are:
- Oils, fats, and other greasy foods
- Chemical cleaners
- Pool chemicals
- Animal waste
- Vehicle fluids
- Pesticides, fertilizers, and insecticides
These type of materials should not be flushed down toilets, rinsed down your sink, or disposed of in your bathtub. In addition to that, you should be mindful of what goes down the storm drain when you have control over it. Storm drains should be strictly reserved for storm water. Unfortunately, many people use them to dispose of waste.
You can reduce storm water runoff and avoid pollution by following these proper practices:
- Be sure all your outdoor downspouts are pointed towards all contaminated areas.
- Add soil beds, gardens, mulch, and gravel where you can throughout your hard.
- Sweep up any surfaces you can instead of using a hose to clean them.
- Clean up oil spills when they happen.
- Frequently sweep your driveways and walkways.
- Pick up any garbage or pet waste when you see it.
- Remove debris from your gutters and their downspouts every three months.
- Clear sidewalks
- Don’t litter!
Use Proper Irrigation
Watering your lawn and tending to your plants and flowers is important. But, don’t overwater. Excess water can run into your storm drains and bring along the harmful pesticides and fertilizers you use to keep your grass green. If you can, avoid using pesticides. When you do choose a fertilizer, make sure it is phosphorus-free.
Talk to your landscaper or another type of lawn specialist to see how much water your lawn actually needs. You may need a professional to come in and give you the proper irrigation system.
Use a Water Treatment System
Finally, now is a great time to see if you need a water treatment system. With National Water Quality Month giving you the reminders and insight you need, talk to a water specialist to see if your drinking water is free of contaminants and safe for consumption.
Have your water tested annually. If a problem is identified, be sure to work towards a resolution. This way you can have peace of mine that your water is safe, clean, and contaminant free. There is nothing more important than the health of your family.
There you have it! Improving the quality of your water is as easy as changing a few of your regular routines when it comes to drain management, proper irrigation, and the right water treatment system. In honor of National Water Quality Month, take some time to check the quality of your water and take the necessary steps to keep your water at its best.