Water conservation and safety
● By Katelyn Nelson
Prevent Water Pollution
Control measures are critical to improving water quality and reducing the need for costly wastewater and drinking water treatment. As water pollution can come from so many different sources, a variety of pollution prevention and control measures are needed. In an effort to educate the community on ways to prevent the potential for storm water pollution, residents are asked to be aware of the direct links between land activities and rainfall and snow melt runoff that drains into storm drains and ends up in our rivers and streams. Clean up pet waste to keep it out of street gutters; apply lawn fertilizer and pesticides sparingly; sweep up your grass clippings and rake leaves to keep yard waste debris from blowing into street gutters; control soil erosion on your property by planting ground cover; clean up spilled automotive fluids such as oil, anti-freeze and transmission fluids from driveways and don’t hose the spills into the street. Please do your part to help eliminate storm water pollution. For information on disposal of hazardous waste and pollution prevention, contact Kane County at 630-208-5118. For recycling information, call 630-208-3841, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips to conserving water
In the United States, we are lucky to have easy access to some of the safest treated water in the world—just by turning on the tap. Water is an important part of our daily lives and we use it for a wide variety of purposes. The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home. Roughly 70% of this use occurs indoors.
Water also plays a big role in our local communities. Without water there would be no local business or industry. Firefighting, municipal parks, and public swimming pools all need lots of water. Public water systems are monitored for leaks to prevent waste. Residents can do their part by checking for leaks in their homes. Repair any leaks found in toilets, faucets, showerheads and appliances to save money but most importantly, to conserve our precious resource—water.