During Groundwater Awareness Week, we want to bring attention to the importance of groundwater and how to protect and conserve it. Protecting the safety of groundwater should be an important priority because water plays such an important role in our lives. Many people don’t realize that much of their water comes from under the ground. The United States uses 82.3 billion gallons of fresh groundwater per day!
Groundwater Awareness Starts at Home
Groundwater can become contaminated with natural chemicals from the environment, but more often than not, the contaminants come from humans. Here are some ideas from the National Groundwater Association on what YOU can do to protect groundwater …
Groundwater Protection and Preservation Tips
Use Native Plants – When you plan your home’s landscape, choose plants and grass varieties that are native to the area. They’ll look beautiful and won’t require as much care. That means saving water, using less fertilizer or other chemicals, and ultimately … protecting groundwater.
Cut Down on Chemicals – Whether it’s herbicides, fertilizers, or some other chemical, reducing their use and properly disposing of them can prevent harmful chemicals from going into the ground and polluting groundwater.
Dispose of Toxic Substances Properly – Some of the most common groundwater pollutants include chemicals like paint, oil, and other toxic substances. Learn how and where to dispose of these properly so they don’t make their way into groundwater.
Conserve Water – There’s no need to leave the water running while you brush your teeth or shave. Save water by shutting the faucet off when you’re not actively using the water.
Watch for Leaks and Drips – A leaky faucet, toilet, or other water fixture can waste a lot of water over time. If you see a drip, fix it!
Practice Smart Washing Techniques – This includes a reasonable shower length (try for 5 minutes and see if you’re up to the challenge!) as well as only doing full loads of laundry or dishes.
Be Smart With Irrigation – Yes, sometimes your lawn and landscape could use some extra watering, but when and how you do it can make a huge difference on overall water usage. Conserve water by irrigating in the morning or evening when it’s cooler and only if it’s truly necessary.
Practice the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – Responsible living includes cutting back on what you use, increasing what you reuse, and recycling as much as you can. This can help preserve our valuable resources and even protect our groundwater from pollution.
Use Environmentally-Friendly Cleaning Products – Have you ever used lemon juice, baking soda, or vinegar to clean? They work great, are cheaper than many commercial products, and are safe for the environment.
Get Involved!- Groundwater awareness and protection starts with every single one of us. The more you learn, the more you can share with others and we can stand up for groundwater together!
Protect Your Drinking Water at Home, Too!
We at RWI Water Systems think this list is an excellent place to start protecting our groundwater. Another effective way to protect yourself against water contaminants is to install a water filtration system. Being aware, involved and proactive about your water safety is the best way to keep you and your family safe from harmful contaminants.
If you want the assurance that your drinking water is safe and contaminant-free, our drinking water solutions can give you peace of mind. Contact us today and we’ll be happy to talk you through all of your options. We want you to enjoy the safest, best tasting water in North County!