How to Conserve Water and Protect Local Waterways This Summer
This summer, you can conserve water and help protect the local waterways by following these tips from the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds and Environmental Protection Agency.
- Check plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems annually to identify and repair leaks.
- Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth.
- Plug up the sink or use a wash basin when washing dishes by hand.
- Thaw frozen food in the refrigerator overnight rather than use a running tap of hot water.
- Add food wastes to your compost pile rather than use the garbage disposal.
- Use the appropriate water level or load size selection on your washing machine and set the water temperature to cold rather than hot or warm.
- Follow instructions on fertilizers and herbicides packages. Too much can pollute local waterways and cause harmful algae blooms.
- Replace grass around pools with something more environmentally friendly, such as clover or moss. More than 1 inch of water will not be absorbed and will run off the grass.
- Identify and bring your household hazardous waste to local disposal events.
- Pick up animal waste to keep it from getting washed into storm drains and impacting water quality.
- Wash vehicles on the grass, if possible, or take it to a commercial car wash where the water is connected to sanitary sewers and treated.
- Avoid overwatering lawns to prevent fertilizers and herbicides from entering storm drains.