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  1. 8/29/2008 PROTECT YOUR DRINKING WATER FOR LIFE
  2. Water is all around us. It is colorless and tasteless. The air we breathe contains water. Water has many purposes throughout the world, aside from human consumption and purposes related to that. With 80 percent of the earth's surface covered with water, it makes water the most common substance on earth. Without water, there could be no life. Every living thing needs water to live, and every living thing is made of at least some water. Next to the air we breathe, water is our most important need. Without water there wouldn’t be any life on Earth.

    Because of this it is extremely important that we protect our drinking water sources so that we have access to clean, safe drinking water. In the United States we scarcely give this a thought. We just expect that the water that comes out of our faucets is safe to drink. Usually, we are right. But water in nature is not pure. Nature and People deposit substances in the water that then dissolve and can pollute our sources for drinking water.

    Did you know?

    • Today, the amount of water on Earth remains exactly the same as it was billions of years ago, no more, no less. Because of the water cycle, water moves from the earth to the air to the earth again. It changes from solid to liquid to gas, over and over again.
    • In the United States, water utilities treat nearly 34 billion gallons of water every day.
    • There are over one million miles of water pipelines and aqueducts in the United States and Canada carrying water great distances to the people. That's enough to circle the globe 40 times.
    • Americans drink more than one billion glasses of tap water per day.
    • Children in the first six months of life consume seven times as much water per pound as the average American adult.
    • Every 15 seconds a child dies from lack of access to clean water.

    SAFE DRINKING WATER RELIES ON ALL OF US. DO YOUR PART TO GET TO KNOW IT AND PROTECT IT. 


    Be Informed

    • Read the annual Consumer Confidence Report provided by your water provider, sometimes referred to as a Water Quality Report.
    • Use information from your water provider’s Source Water Assessment to learn about potential threats to your water source(s).
    • Find out whether Clean Water Act water quality standards for your drinking water source are intended to protect water for drinking, in addition to fishing and swimming.

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    Be Observant

    • Look around your watershed and be alert to announcements in the local media for activities that may pollute your source water.
    • If you see any suspicious activities in or around your water supply, please notify the local authorities or call 9-1-1 immediately and report the incident.

    Be Involved

    • Attend public hearings on new construction, existing water facility rehabilitation, water rate and billing issues, etc.
    • Attend your utility’s Board meetings. Notices about meetings often appear in the local newspapers, utility newsletters, utility web sites, or are posted outside utility office buildings. These meetings are open to the public.
    • Participate with your water supplier and local utility as they make funding decisions.
    • Help ensure that local utilities that protect your water have adequate resources to do their job.

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    Don’t Contaminate

    • Reduce paved areas: Use permeable surfaces that allow rain to soak in, not run off, like wood, brick and gravel for decks, patios and walkways.
    • Reduce or eliminate pesticide application: Test your soil before applying chemicals, and design your lawn and garden with hardy plants that require little or no watering, fertilizers or pesticides.
    • Reduce the amount of trash you create: Reuse containers, recycle plastics, aluminum, and glass.
    • Recycle used oil: A single quart of motor oil can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of drinking water; take used oil or antifreeze to a service station or recycling center.
    • Be careful what you put into your septic system: Harmful chemicals may end up in your drinking water.
    • Keep pollutants away from boat marinas and the waterways: Keep boat motors well-tuned to prevent fuel and lubricant leaks; select nontoxic cleaning products and use a drop cloth, and clean and maintain boats away from the water.

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