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8 Ways to Protect Your Town’s Water Supply

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2. Your local land use commissioners, such as zoning and planning boards, should be carefully reviewing any applications that could affect water supplies: For example, while you may want to have a big box store built in your town, care must be taken to protect wetlands and aquifers. Large expanses of impermeable surfaces (parking lots) divert storm water in such a way as to potentially harm nearby water supplies. In addition, gasoline, oils, and other chemicals may also be washed into the water supply.

3. Stormwater treatment systems: Developers should always submit (to land commission boards) detailed storm water treatment systems to minimize any potential harm to water supplies.

4. The creation of man-made wetlands: It often helps to support water supplies when wetlands must be diverted or removed, but it is important to remember that man-made wetlands can rarely do the job of wetlands that naturally occur.

5. Buying and protecting watershed lands: The more protected land you have, the greater your town’s ability to have a healthy water supply.

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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.
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