Protecting our groundwaters

February 4, 2008

Homeowners who actively help minimize household-related sources of pollution are truly contributing to the preservation of our environment.  The way we use and dispose of common household products can affect both the quality of our soil and our freshwater resources.    

Our ground waters can be contaminated by chemicals contained in household cleaning supplies, pesticides, plant fertilizers, used motor oil, paints, varnishes, thinners and pool care chemicals, which leave your home as wastewater.  Properly disposing of potentially harmful materials can help reduce the amount of pollutants that enter our waters.      

Try to purchase biodegradable household products, because they are less toxic to the ecosystem.  Check the ingredients in each product, and when possible, buy a product that will clean multiple surfaces in your home.  Always read the labels on household chemicals such as tub and tile stain remover or oven cleaner.  Follow the directions regarding the use, storage and disposal of all cleaning supplies.  Never pour household chemicals or yard care products directly on the ground or into open drains, culverts, or storm sewers.  If you must use pesticides and fertilizers on your lawn and garden, keep them away from surface water and wells, and do not use them on bare or eroded sections of your yard.

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