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It's National Water Quality Month!
This month is dedicated to education and emphasizing the importance of water, its quality and threat of pollutants.
August is the last month of summer and chance to squeeze in a vacation before school starts back and the cooler weather of Fall begins. While you enjoy this warm weather and water activities around it, consider the impact you can make on water quality. Water sustains all forms of life, all over the planet. What can you do to improve #waterquality?
Start with your
home. There are little changes you can make that will have a large impact on water quality just in your daily routine and home life.
Consider changing your soaps from anti-bacterial to regular soap and swapping out certain cleaning products. Most anti-bacterial soaps and cleaning products contain pesticides and chemicals that are known to harm marine life.
#ThinkBeforeYouThrow, especially disposing of unwanted or outdated medications. Put them in your trash can instead of flushing or disposing them down the toilet or drain.
#Reduce your use of water when catering to lawn care. You can collect rain water and #reuse it when your lawn needs watering. Also, avoid the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers as these harmful products are carried to our waterways through runoff.
Engage with your
community. There are many local groups in your area that advocate for water quality. There are also groups that don’t primarily focus on water but their initiatives ultimately effect and support water quality. For example, Keep America Beautiful https://www.kab.org/ provides guidance in coordinating community clean ups. Removing debris or “trash” from roads and walkways keeps our storm drains clean, as these drains do lead to local waterways. Volunteer your time at a community clean up this month!
educate yourself. There are many books, blogs, podcasts, websites and social media outlets in which you can find information to make a positive impact on water quality. Below are some leading outlets where you can find more information today.
Did you know? Americans use more than 100 billion plastic bags each year. Here at American Disposal Services, we have started an initiative to reduce plastic bag use to protect our sea life and clean up our waterways. We refer to this educational campaign as Save the Sea Life and use #PlasticBagProblems on social media to assist in finding more information and supporting organizations. This initiative shares the devastating effects of plastic bag use to our sea life. If you are interested in supporting, reach out today to collect your very own Save the Sea Life Reusable Bag! Email our team at or reach out on Facebook [email protected] https://m.facebook.com/america... or Twitter https://twitter.com/amdisposal?lang=en.
Written by Linzy Browne