It’s important that people in North America not take clean, safe water for granted. With the twist of a knob we receive hot or cold water instantly – an overlooked convenience that millions of people in developing countries would never dare dream of.
However, there needs to be an ongoing vigilance regarding the health of our public water supply.
Getting Pro-Active about Purity
Manufacturers and industrial businesses must meet the National Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELGs) and utilize water treatment technologies to reduce contaminants in wastewater prior to discharge. Businesses should re-acquaint themselves with the current ELGs for their industry to ensure their wastewater treatment system is in compliance.
What we can do as individuals is reduce the use of roads salts (sodium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, and ferrocyanide salts) this coming winter. It’s toxic to the environment and threatens drinking water security. Use environmentally friendly alternatives such as sand, ashes, kitty litter or the commercial alternative called EcoTraction.
In the summer, reduce the use of inorganic fertilizers. It contains a variety of chemicals, including nitrate,that can passthrough the soil and contaminate ground water.
Find Out What’s In Your Water
By law, communities must provide annual water quality reports. The reading isn’t up to Tom Clancy standards, but it’s important nonetheless because it discloses information about the kinds and amounts of contaminants in your local water supply.
That said, don’t rely on these reports too much. The information is broad and generalized, as each building and facilities may have unique issues. To ensure water purity, send a water sample in for individual testing. Many companies offer this service, so they are easy to find, and it’s probably a good idea if you’re looking into buying a water filtration system.
Water is too important to overlook. It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep our water clean. Don’t wait for a water crisis.
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