- Contact Your Government – Tell your local officials that you want information on the community's water supply and local polluters. Make sure officials recognize your right to know about your water supply.
Dispose of Hazardous Waste – Make sure that hazardous waste is properly disposed of, not simply left around or placed with other garbage.
- Don't Dump Chemicals – Never pour toxic substances down the drain. Although water is cleaned, cities do not have the equipment to eliminate all toxic substances from the water supply.
- Find Your Water's Source
– Learn about where your community's water comes from. Keep a close eye on this water source and encourage others to do the same.
- Read Well Reports – Community well operators often produce monitoring reports on the safety of local wells. Ask the operators to give you a copy of these materials and stay up-to-date on your wells.
- Substitute Substances
– You can make your own non-toxic versions of many popular products, such as insect repellents. Doing so prevents the toxic chemicals found in these products from entering the environment and the water supply.
- Test Your Water – Especially if your water comes from a private well, you should perform periodic tests for bacteria, metals, and toxic chemicals.
- Use Nontoxic Substances
– If you can avoid purchasing products containing toxic chemicals, do so. Otherwise, there is a threat that these chemicals could enter the environment and the water supply.
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