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8 Ways to Protect Your Town’s Water Supply

6. No dumping into storm drains. Material that enters storm drains ends up directly in the watershed.

7. Proper disposal of household hazardous waste and medications: While wastewater treatment plants continue to become more sophisticated, it is impossible at this time to filter out all chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Down the line, these chemicals and pharmaceuticals will end up to varying degrees in your drinking supply. Cities and towns that support proper disposal of chemicals and educational efforts for its residents usually will have a healthier water supply. Learn how to properly dispose of paint and medication.

8. Maintenance of native vegetation along-side streams and wetlands: The vegetation acts as a natural buffer, reducing pollutants and preventing erosion.

Keep in mind that you are a big part of whether your city or town has a clean and abundant water supply. Increased awareness, education, and participation in your local government are the keys.

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2:03PM PDT on May 20, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:03PM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

good to be aware of these things

2:37PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

"do not corrupt the earth..." (Quran 7:56)

9:25AM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

Great article, Chaya! Having clean water takes a team effort! By taking simple steps, together we can make a difference! Learn easy ways to protect our waters at www.lastormwater.org/teameffort

5:16PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Interesting!

3:45PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

thanks

7:43AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Thanks for the information..

4:34AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

interesting but very general information

5:37PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

noted

2:19PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

This article skimmed over one of the biggest threats- privatization of fresh water supplies. Cash-strapped cities are selling water rights to private companies, and then find that their household costs for drinking water and wastewater treatment skyrocket, with no improvement in quality of service.
http://www.worldproutassembly.org/archives/2005/05/top_ten_reasons.html

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