What is Residential Water Pollution?
Residential Water Pollution may be both unintentional or deliberate release of harmful chemicals or materials into the environment, directly impacting water sources. Non-point water pollution may appear to be insignificant, but their magnifying toll on the environment impacts water sources and the organisms living in them.
Examples of Residential Water Pollution
- Fertilizers, weed killers, insecticides
- loose grass clippings, dead leaves
- pet waste
- soap or detergent from car washing
- improper disposal of oil, paints
- runoff from fertilizers create algae blooms, lowering the oxygen levels resulting in dead water sources (aquatic life is unsustainable)
- Pet waste carries disease (dysentery, hepatitis and parasite infections) to water sources affecting aquatic life
- improper disposal of oils, paints, and cleaning materials affect the drinking quality of water in addition to harming aquatic life
What can you do to help?
- use enviromentally safe cleaning products when cleaning your car
- recognize when your car is leaking oil. Take is to the auto shop to properly dispose
- keep gutters, sidewalks, and roads clear of leaves and grass clippings
- use a compost pile instead of fertilizers - they're natural and inexpensive!
- take responsibility of pet waste: pick it up and dispose properly
- excess paint can be poured into kitty litter or soaked up with a sponge; don't pour it down the drain or outside