Water pollution is a result of human activity which has led to contamination of water bodies with chemicals, plastic residue, oil, grease, waste products and so many other things. The water bodies in any country include lakes, rivers, seas, oceans and ponds.
There are notions among certain people that when certain contaminants come in contact with water, those contaminants disappear which is a plain myth. Hence, we should strive to control and avoid water pollution individually and collectively. In this blog, we will look at how we can minimize water pollution or completely avoid the possibility of water pollution. Let us take a look.
Keeping out Oils, Fats and Grease from the Kitchen Sink:
Prevent yourself from pouring used or waste cooking oil into the kitchen sink drainage. Instead, collect such waste and dispose of with solid waste.
Stop flushing contaminated liquids, drugs, pills or medications in the drainage system:
Substances such as pills and medications contain a lot of toxic materials and chemicals which sabotage the natural qualities of water. Instead, they should be disposed of into dustbins.
Stop Treating Toilet as a Dust Bin:
Certain people treat toilet drainage as waste disposal system and hence throw everything inside it including waste tissue papers, synthetic materials and everything that they consider as waste. These drainage systems lead the way and open into rivers and eventually, rivers open into the sea. When the waste is thrown into the drainage system of a toilet, they end up into rivers, oceans and other water bodies.
Decreased Use of Herbicides, fertilizers and Pesticides:
People use excessive herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers that are chemical-based as opposed to organic versions of these. This leads to the chemicals entering waters and soil thereby polluting both soil and water. Hence, switching over to organic versions of these can minimize the pollution to a great extent.
Reduced usage of bleach and Detergents:
People use detergents and bleach to clean their laundry and utensils. Hence, we should insist on using only phosphate-free detergents and soaps.
Proper disposal of Trash:
When the trash is not disposed of properly, some of the non-biodegradable products like sanitary napkins and diapers end up in water bodies, eventually polluting them. And certain times, disposing of such waste in the drainage system ends up destroying the drainage system.
Avoid Direct Dumping into Water Bodies:
People and tourists often are seen littering the water bodies with non-biodegradable plastic trash. This trash ends up in seas and oceans or into the bodies of aquatic animals thereby endangering their lives. Hence, a strict measure to not litter the water bodies should be followed at all costs.
Always insist on Water Conservation:
Water should always be saved whenever it is possible. And it all begins at home. Water taps should be kept tightly closed at all times to prevent dripping and loss of the water. Water conservation reduces the amount of polluted water that needs treatment to clean it.
Use products that are safe for the Environment:
While purchasing products like cleaning supplies, paints, insect repellents, or other chemicals, make sure that they are environment friendly.
Using energy-saving washing machines:
While purchasing washing machines, you should buy energy saver machines which work on minimal usage of water as well as electricity. Hence, less water usage will lead to less amount of water that goes for water treatment procedures.
These are the ways to prevent water pollution and save our water bodies and systems.