The 21-Day Challenge to Reducing Water Pollution
Our planet is reeling under an acute water crisis
Today, more than ever, the pollution of our water is a major issue. Water pollution results in contaminated water unsuitable for consumption and use, and it also hurts our wildlife that relies on safe water for survival.
With growing global warming and climate change, and with the population of this world growing an explosive rate, our water resources are getting contaminated at high speed.
While there isn’t an easy fix to stop water pollution, there are many things that we can do in our daily lifestyle to reduce it.
Minimize your use of plastic
We hear this all the time. It’s tough to break down plastic after it is produced. A lot of the plastic we consume ends up in our water, where it is even tougher to fish out. Shopping bags and plastic rings from beverages cause damage in our lakes and seas.
If there are two options, pick the recyclable one. Glass bottles are much better for the environment than plastic. You can try purchasing some reusable grocery bags instead. These bags are as little as $1.
Try using reusable, insulated containers to hold drinks and make your own filtered water at home.
Maintain your septic systems
Older septic tanks are one of the most significant sources of water pollution. If you have a septic tank or cellar drain, make sure that it is not draining directly into your sewerage system. Speak to your local water authority about proper ways to manage a cellar drain or septic tank.
Use natural or organic fertilizer
Agricultural fertilizers and pesticides are one of the largest sources of water pollution. When manure immerses in our streams as runoff, it causes algal blooms, which deplete oxygen for fish and other species. Try a natural or organic method that will lead to a greener lawn, such as ditching your mower bag.
Say no to pesticides
If you need to overhaul your garden, try talking with a landscaping company in your area about environmentally-friendly replacements for these products.
Don’t dispose of oils in the sink
Get any oils away from the sink. Instead, place any oils in the garbage, or collect any excess oil in one bottle and then throw that away.
Oil and transmission fluid from your cars are substances you do not want in your drains or sewers.
Don’t flush away medication
Sewage treatment plants can’t filter pharmaceuticals. Flushing drugs down the toilet is having very real adverse effects on our fish and wildlife.
For instance, fish populations in Canadian lakes have significantly decreased due to levels of estrogen, which can be found in birth control pills.
Another example is antibiotics, which may lead to resistant strains of bacteria in our waterways.
Take expired drugs back to your local pharmacy for safe disposal.
Install a water-efficient toilet
In the U.S, around 4.8 billion gallons of water are literally flushed down the toilet each day. A water-saving toilet uses a high-efficiency double cyclone flush system that only requires 1.28 gallons of water – per flush. In contrast, traditional toilets use about 3 to 7 gallons of water per flush.
If you are unable to install a water-efficient toilet at this time, you can try putting a brick in the toilet tank to reduce water use per flush.
Only use your dishwasher/washing machine when it’s full
Using these machines to clean 1-2 dishes or a few pairs of clothes is an incredible waste of water.