Tips to Ensure Safe and Adequate Drinking Water
Citizens' Tips for Keeping a Clean Environment
Water Conservation Tips
- Practice and spread the message of water conservation. Use water wisely.
- Minimize lawn and garden watering. Water trees, lawns and shrubs slowly to prevent runoff.
- Replace leaky toilet valves (a "running toilet" between flushes). You may be losing more than 250 gallons a day.
- Install ultra-low plumbing devices and fixtures. Replace worn out washers on leaky faucets.
- Learn about where your water comes from and work with your local and state government to ensure its protection.
- Read and review your annual Consumer Confidence Report, which describes the results of tests performed at your drinking water system.
- If using a private well, obtain advice from your local health department for recommended testing. Protect your well's integrity.
- Use care to prevent spillage when handling gasoline and oil and promptly report and clean up any spills.
- Properly maintain your home heating oil tank to prevent leakage and spillage.
- Do not dispose of used motor oil, antifreeze, solvents, hazardous chemicals, or waste in storm or home drains. Take used motor oil and antifreeze to designated recycling centers.
- Use pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers carefully and sparingly and only when other methods have failed. Do not apply if rain is in the forecast. Remember, anything entering a storm drain goes directly into streams, or groundwater, untreated.
- Report any suspicious potential pollutant discharge or illegal dumping activity. Call toll-free (866) 633-4686.