August 2021: Water Quality and You
August is National Water Quality Month. As we enjoy the last of summer with visits to rivers, lakes and oceans, it makes sense to draw attention to the importance of having clean water. Clean water is vital to our health, our agricultural needs and the needs of the environment. In this blog post, we are taking a moment to reflect on how important water resources are, not just to people, but also to plants and animals that rely on water just like we do. We’ll also offer some tips for improving the safety and quality of your water.
National Water Quality Month
National Water Quality Month was founded in 2005 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and backed by the United Nations in an effort to promote civic discourse about how to conserve our natural water sources by starting conversations on what we can do in our own households and communities to ensure that we all have access to safe, clean drinking water.
The average Californian uses approximately 85 gallons of water per day. The water we use includes bathing, cleaning, household waste, and drinking water. Protecting our water resources and educating ourselves about water quality is an important goal of National Water Quality Month. This includes water flowing from our homes as well as water flowing into our homes.
Clean Water at Home: What Flows Out
Here is a short list of things that individuals and families can do to prevent water pollution from your home. By incorporating any of the following actions into your life, you will be helping to ensure that clean drinking water is readily available for everyone for years to come:
- Avoid using antibacterial soaps or cleaning products in your drain as they can be toxic to marine life.
- Pick up after pets.
- Don’t flush unwanted or out-of-date medications down the toilet or drain.
- Choose nontoxic household products when possible.
- Avoid using pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
- Fix leaks that drop from cars and put liners in driveways to collect oil and other materials.
- Avoid putting anything but water down storm drains because they carry water to local waterways.
- Organize a cleanup day at a local water source.
- Read your local water quality report so you know what the water quality is in your area. Vote on issues that affect water quality in your area.
Clean Water at Home: What Flows In
We’ve talked about how to make sure that nothing toxic is flowing from your home into the community water system. Now let’s focus on the water flowing into your home (and how Arnett’s Water Systems can help).
It takes more than just turning on the tap to guarantee clean drinking water. If you want peace of mind that the water you’re drinking, cooking and bathing in is safe and free of harmful bacteria and chemicals, it is highly recommended that you install a water filtration system. Benefits of whole-house water filtration include:
- Clean and clear water with no odor.
- Extended lifespan of water-using appliances, fixtures and pipes.
- Elimination of heavy metals and scale buildup.
- Savings from bottled water purchases – and no plastic usage.
- Luxurious skin and hair.
- Less need for cleaning water spots and scum around water fixtures.
Read more about Arnett’s Water Systems and whole-house water filtration systems.
Don’t Settle for Less, Get Better Water
Ready for better water quality? Contact us today for a free estimate on a whole-house water filtration system. We’ll help you find the perfect solution for your budget and water treatment needs. Experience the difference with better water.