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Official websites use. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites. Communities, citizen groups, and individuals can take an active role in protecting their drinking water sources from contamination. The resources below provide information about source water protection and steps you can take at the local level to protect your drinking water. Your drinking water utility includes information about the drinking water source in their annual drinking water quality report, also called a Consumer Confidence Report CCR. A CCR also tells you how to get a copy of the source water assessment for your drinking water source.
Find your local CCR online. Learn more about source water assessments , or ask your drinking water provider if there are any source water protection projects or groups you can support. Don't pour hazardous waste down the drain, on the ground, or into storm sewers. This could contaminate the soil, groundwater, or nearby surface water. A of products used at home contain hazardous or toxic substances that can contaminate ground or surface waters, such as:. Limit the use of pesticides or fertilizers, and always follow the label directions.
Many fertilizers and pesticides contain harmful chemicals which can travel through the soil and contaminate groundwater or run off in stormwater to rivers, streams, and lakes. Groundwater can be contaminated by poorly or untreated household wastewater, which poses dangers to drinking water and to the environment.
Malfunctioning septic systems release bacteria, viruses, and chemicals to local aquifers and waterways. The average household septic system should be inspected at least every three years by a septic service professional. Household septic tanks are typically pumped every three to five years.
Alternative systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components should be inspected more often, generally once a year. Find more information on the SepticSmart Homeowners web. In homes that use septic tanks, prescription and over-the-counter drugs flushed down the toilet can leach into the ground and seep into groundwater. In cities and towns where residences are connected to wastewater treatment plants, prescription and over-the-counter drugs poured down the sink or flushed down the toilet can pass through the treatment system and enter rivers and lakes.
These water sources may flow downstream to community drinking water supplies. Water treatment plants are generally not equipped to routinely remove medicines. EPA encourages the public to take advantage of pharmaceutical take-back collection programs that accept prescription or over-the-counter drugs, as these programs offer a safe and environmentally-conscious way to dispose of unwanted medicines. Learn more about safe ways to collect and dispose of unwanted medicines. If there are no active groups, consider starting one.
You can make new friends while you help protect source water. Discuss water quality threats, including the dangers of polluted runoff and ecosystem loss. Stencil a message next to the street drain. This reminds people not to dump waste into a street drain, which le to local water sources such as rivers. You can also use stencils to produce and distribute flyers to your neighbors.
Post s along the border of your source water protection area to notify people that any pollution in that area can affect the quality of local drinking water. Water is a shared resource. You can work within your community, watershed, or neighborhood to protect your drinking water.
Many partners are involved in implementing source water protection through watershed management strategies involving:. States have completed the first step of assessing the protection area for all public water systems. Each assessment includes a delineation, a contaminant inventory, and susceptibility determination. You may find that the assessment in your local area is outdated. Visit the assessment to learn how it can be updated.
Water utilities provide the public with information, safety monitoring, and emergency response. They have a critical role to play in promoting source water protection, including:. . A of products used at home contain hazardous or toxic substances that can contaminate ground or surface waters, such as: Motor oil Pesticides Leftover paints or paint cans Mothballs Flea collars Household cleaners A of medicines EPA's Household Hazardous Waste HHW program has more advice on how to safely manage and reduce the use of these materials.
Think Twice about Lawn and Garden Chemicals Limit the use of pesticides or fertilizers, and always follow the label directions. Properly Maintain Your Septic System Groundwater can be contaminated by poorly or untreated household wastewater, which poses dangers to drinking water and to the environment. Dispose of Your Medications Properly In homes that use septic tanks, prescription and over-the-counter drugs flushed down the toilet can leach into the ground and seep into groundwater. Organize a Storm Drain Stenciling Project.
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