Given the craziness of the weather of late, it might make sense to talk a little about water. Did you know that in Australia right now, they’re experiencing record high temperatures? At about the same time we were experiencing a polar vortex here in the United States, Australia was dealing with a scorching heat wave that has caused a number of wild fires as well as droughts all across the county. Summer will come to America soon enough, and a major consideration for Americans all over the country will be how to conserve water. Here are a few things to keep in mind as individuals and as members of a community:
· Get rid of the pavement: If there is one thing people can do to improve water quality, it is getting rid of the paved areas that surround their homes and their parks. While they might look nice, they cause rainwater to not naturally soak in the ground. This causes water to run off into the sewers, carrying with it chemicals, fecal matter and other not fun stuff. Overtime, this could damage ecosystems and affect our drinking water. Going natural is always best.
· Invest in water utility treatment services: Engineering services that treat water are constantly improving to better preserve and treat the water we waste. Make it a point to attend all public hearings that deal with public water and storm runoff to ensure your voice is heard. If you know of or have read about innovative ways communities are handling water treatment better, hold your public officials accountable. Water utility facilities treat nearly 34 billion gallons of water each day. It’s imperative that they have the most innovative and advanced procedures and operations possible.
· Monitor potential threats: An active citizen is an aware citizen. Monitor your drinking supply and encourage testing frequently. If you’re one of 15 percent of Americans who depends on well water, you’ll need to protect your water on your own. Test frequently, speak with water experts, close it when unused, and safeguard against potential threats in your area to keep your family safe from contaminants.
· Curb your watering activities: Although a green lawn might look great, the means by which we get those lawns might not be worth it. Look at the ways you are using water in your home. Are you running water when it’s not necessary? Are you taking baths instead of quick showers in the morning? How often are you running the washer, and are they always full loads? By being mindful of your activities at home, you can ensure you’re doing your part to save a little water.
It might not be too fun to think about, but there are always threats against our water sources. From natural disasters, like a heat wave, or internal threats, like storm water runoff, protecting against these things through active precautions and constant monitoring of new threats and new innovations will ensure our water is there when we need it.