- There are several things that can affect water quality
- Saving water when and where you can is always recommended
- Water is the most precious resource on our planet
Water is one of life’s necessities. We drink it daily from the tap or a bottle. We clean our clothes, water the plans, take showers, and flush the toilet day in and day out. In the United States, August is National Water Quality Month. This is a great time to look at some things you can do to improve and maintain the quality of your water at home and here in Salt Lake City or Park City in general.
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There are several things that can affect water quality. Here are some of our best tips for ensuring water quality:
- Avoid using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. These products can easily be absorbed into the ground and can contaminate ground water. When it rains, these chemicals can wash or run into nearby streams and bodies of water too. Why not invest in more natural alternatives of fertilizers and pesticides?
- While we hope you already clean up after your pets as a courtesy to your neighbors and community, another great reason to clean up after your pets is water quality. It’s important that you clean up after your pets because if you don’t, their waste can be washed into storm drains during rainstorms. Once in the storm drain, this waste can travel to rivers and lakes, contaminating the water.
- Make sure you don’t flush anything down the toilet that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet. Toilets should be used for toilet paper and human waste and nothing else. While it may seem like a good idea to flush down old medications or other unwanted things, it’s not. These old medications can affect the water quality and should be disposed of as directed by the FDA.
- Saving water when and where you can is always recommended. One easy way to reduce the amount of water you use on a weekly basis is to take shorter showers. A two minute shorter shower saves about five gallons of water. If you shower daily, that means you could save up to 35 gallons of water a week.
Water is the most precious resource on our planet. Make sure you do your part to help protect and maintain good water quality.