How You Can Help to Stop Water Contamination in Reading, MA
Did you know that according to estimates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 1.2 trillion gallons of sewage from households, industries, and restaurants is dumped into U.S. bodies of water? Toxic waste from factories and runoff from farms are also common causes of water contamination and pollution. These toxins can find their way into community water supplies and have an adverse effect on water quality and safety.
One of the best ways to stop water contamination is to stay on top of your home’s plumbing maintenance. Regular maintenance helps you to avoid costly repairs and can prevent plumbing problems such as backflow, which can lead to water contamination. Waldman Plumbing and Heating, Inc. is proud to offer green plumbing services in Reading, MA that help to save our customers money while saving the environment!
Your family may be among the 286 million Americans that get their tap water from community water systems, according to data from the U.S. for Centers Disease Control (CDC). By taking these simple measures, you can help maintain a high level of tap water quality!
DO make sure your cellar drain or sump pump isn’t emptying right into the sanitary sewer system. Call your water company or a professional plumbing contractor if you’re unsure.
DO conserve water as much as possible. The water treatment process requires a lot of energy in order to ensure water is clean and safe. Conserving water also prevents droughts.
DO use gravel, paver stones, wood, and other porous materials for ground cover instead of asphalt and concrete when possible. These hard materials make it easier for chemical runoff to leach into groundwater and contaminate it.
DO dispose of old and unused medications properly by taking them to pharmacy that offers a drug disposal program instead of flushing them down the drain or toilet.
DO recycle! Metal, paper, and plastics impede the water treatment process and can end up as litter that harms marine life and people.
DON’T hesitate to report businesses or neighbors who contribute to water contamination to local environmental authorities. Doing so helps to preserve water quality for the entire community.
DON’T forget to clean up after your pet. Pet waste is full of harmful bacteria that can contaminate the public water supply and cause illness.
DON’T dump household cleaners such as ammonia and bleach down the sink or toilet. Contact your local environmental health department for hazardous waste disposal.
DON’T treat your toilet like a trash can. Throw paper waste in the trash instead of flushing it. You may end up with a clog and it complicates the sewage treatment process.
DON’T put off your vehicle’s maintenance. Automotive fluid can leak from your car and make its way into the groundwater or storm drains and lead to contamination.
We can preserve our community’s water quality by doing our part to stop water contamination. Relying on Waldman’s eco-friendly plumbing services in Reading, MA is the first step!