Prevent Water Pollution: Daily Do's and Don'ts

Water pollution is an increasing problem for all our waterways, from ponds and streams to oceans; by doing a little more, it is possible to help prevent water pollution through contaminants and household waste.

Prevent Water Pollution

Here are some basic guidelines on how to minimise water pollution in your home.

  • Keep water use to a minimum by turning off the tap when brushing teeth. This reduces the amount of water that needs treatment, helping to minimise water pollution.
  • Don’t throw chemicals or liquids down the sink or drain. Paints, oils and fuel should never be put into the water system.
  • Use detergents and cleaners that are designed to be environmentally friendly.
  • Don’t use excessive amounts of weed killer, lawn grower and pesticides. These chemicals can run off into the surrounding water table, contaminating streams and rivers.
  • Plant more. The more trees, shrubs and flowers there are in the garden, the more you can prevent soil erosion, and the run-off of chemicals into streams.
  • Avoid littering lakes and water sources; pick up litter that you can see, and place it in a dustbin.

Daily Dos and Don’ts

Take care when brushing your teeth and washing your face. Running water can create a lot of waste, and all of that needs to be treated chemically, which contributes to pollution. Prevent water pollution by not running the tap, or by putting a plug in the sink and running a small amount of water.

Don’t throw trash out of the window when travelling in the car. Waste lying on open land often contaminates water run-off after heavy rains, so keeping cigarettes and drinks cans in the car can help prevent water pollution. In addition, it is illegal in most states—so keep the trash in the vehicle.

Cleaning the house can create a lot of water waste. Washing the floor or wiping the sides adds bleach and other chemicals to water. Minimize the impact on the environment by using biodegradable chemicals, and by keeping floors and kitchen sides clean in other ways.

Compost your waste, rather than throwing it in the garbage. Landfill sites are locations for water pools, which flood into nearby streams in heavy rain, carrying contaminants such as rotted food with it.

Don’t put chemicals down the drain. The last drop of a product can sometimes linger for ages in garages and cleaning cupboards, but disposing of it by flushing it, tipping it into the drain or throwing onto the ground outside is not a good way of preventing water pollution.

Other Ways to Prevent Water Pollution

A great way of minimising the amount of waste water you produce is to invest in a water collection tank. These units sit on the sides of houses, and collect water which runs off from the gutter. It is then used for toilets, car washes, and other non-consumable uses.

Add environmentally friendly methods of destroying garden insects to your list of garden tools. Chemicals such as these are not harmful to the environment, and help prevent water pollution.