Water Health and Your Community
When it comes to the quality of water in the local community, everyone can be a part of this effort. While the main job of treating the water is left to the treatment plants, everyone can participate in terms of avoiding pollution and not throwing things into the water inlets that are going to be toxic. Whether it’s the garbage from your home or business, it’s simple to make sure that you dispose of variable items appropriately. Water quality and potential pollution sources are topics that need to be shared with the members of a community so they can use this education and awareness more efficiently.
While it’s wonderful to spend time in nature, it’s not great to leave behind a mess that could end up in the water supply. Those seemingly small wrappers, packages, and drinks that people don’t throw out when they’re hiking or camping can later wreak problems for the water treatment plants or simply become pollutants and a danger to animals. Pack in/pack out is a very good awareness reminder for just this scenario.
Remember that the items your pour down the drain affect not just your house, but also the homes of your neighbors, when things like bacon grease are poured down into the main pipes. It may seem like the water supply is a given and will always be there, but if we’re not careful with how we treat it, it will not remain a reliable resource. Visiting sites from agencies like the ASEA Science page will give you a lot of information to think about and you can access that data 24 hours a day. In order to educate your children, make sure you pass on whatever you learn to them, so they see the value in taking care of their local water supply.
By investing the time it takes to learn how to maintain the reliable source of water, it will be investing in our own future so we can continue to use water for our everyday needs. If everyone were to think about the long term results of their actions and make smart choices when it comes to water, many people could work together to do the job, instead of relying on one or two community members to clean up the mess we can make with this resource all the time.
It might be interesting to turn this into a family game and see how much water everyone can save while still managing to do their daily chores and take care of basic needs. As a family, if you work on a project like this, it creates an environment where anyone can make a difference, no matter how small they are, and that it’s everyone’s job to work towards and maintain the health of the local water supply.