Tips to prevent water pollution
We found these great tips online that we can all follow to help reduce the risks of pollution that we all face on an individual basis.
Thanks to Simsbury Connecticut for the great tips.
- DO NOT pour fat from cooking or any other type of fat, oil, or grease down the sink. Keep a “fat jar” under the sink to collect the fat and discard in the solid waste when full.
- DO NOT dispose of household chemicals or cleaning agents down the sink or toilet.
- DO NOT flush pills, liquid or powder medications or drugs down the toilet.Avoid using the toilet as a wastebasket. Most tissues, wrappers, dust cloths, and other paper goods should be properly discarded in a wastebasket. The fiber reinforced cleaning products that have become popular should never be discarded in the toilet.
- Avoid using your general bin for waste disposal. Keep solid wastes solid. Make a compost pile from vegetable scraps.
- Install a water efficient toilet. In the meantime, put a brick in the standard toilet tank to reduce water use per flush and save money on your meter.
- Run the dishwasher or clothes washer only when you have a full load. This conserves electricity and water and saves money.
- Use the minimum amount of detergent and/or bleach when you are washing clothes or dishes.
- Use only phosphate free soaps and detergents.Minimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers.
- DO NOT dispose of these chemicals, motor oil, or other automotive fluids into the sanitary sewer or storm sewer systems. Both of them end at the river.
- If your home has a sump pump or cellar drain, make certain it does not drain into the sanitary sewer system.