We all rely on water for survival, and so do the ecosystems around us. So it comes as no surprise that water pollution is devastating for us and the environment. It’s also rife in a lot of built-up areas. And that’s simply because a lot of it is not intentional. That raises the question: how can we reduce water pollution?
To help you combat this issue around your own home, we’ve put together this list on how to reduce water pollution. It might not be exhaustive, but it’s a start!
Avoid plastic microbeads
A lot of research has been done on the environmental impact of plastic microbeads. And the results are in: microbeads are terrible for the environment. Worse still, most of us don’t even know we are using them. So what are they? Microbeads are the tiny plastic beads that come in a lot of personal care products. Most commonly, they’re found in exfoliants. If you have some in your bathroom, we recommend getting rid of them and choosing a more water-friendly option.
Oil and water do not mix – Dispose of oils responsibly
We all know that oil and water don’t mix – that much is clear. But surely it’s ok if a little bit of oil goes down the sink? Well, not necessarily. If you dispose of oil in your sink, one of two things will happen. The first is that your sink will become clogged with oil. That’s not necessarily going to cause water pollution, but it’s not good for you! And the second, is that the oil actually runs through the wastewater system and causes water pollution at that system’s terminus. In either case, the outcome is suboptimal to say the least. So avoid them both and dispose of oil in the rubbish bin!
Harsh cleaning products – try to keep them out of your sink
Harsh chemicals like bleach and acid are among the causes of quite severe water pollution. And they’re in everyday use around the house. So if you’re going to use harsh cleaning products and basic or acidic chemicals, try and keep them well away from drains. If you have to dispose of them, visit your local council website and have a look at the chemical disposal services they offer.
Reduce your use of pesticides and herbicides
Speaking of chemicals, let’s take a look at perhaps the main culprit of water pollution: pesticides and herbicides. It should come as no surprise that these products cause acute water pollution. After all, they are designed solely to kill weeds and pests. So how can we keep them out of the water system? Well, the best way is to avoid using them altogether. We recommend taking a look at some organic pesticides and herbicides – there are plenty of online resources available to help you research these.
Keep a well-maintained yard
Plants just love fertiliser, but creeks and waterways don’t. Fertilizer enriches natural waterways with harmful nutrients, and these often promote the growth of noxious algae and aquatic weeds. In large quantities, these can actually choke waterways and render them almost entirely unliveable for aquatic life. But how does it get to the waterways in the first place? It’s quite simple: erosion. When heavy rain washes loose soil into stormwater drains, it carries all the harmful fertiliser with it. That’s why retaining walls and good drainage are so important in all backyards – they can help prevent water pollution.
If you want the purest water for your home or workplace, get in touch with So Fresh today on 0428 747 456.