Tips for Safe and Adequate Drinking Water

Tips to Ensure Safe and Adequate Drinking Water

  1. Practice and spread the message of water conservation. Use water wisely.
     
  2. Minimize lawn and garden watering. Water trees, lawns and shrubs slowly to prevent runoff.
     
  3. Replace leaky toilet valves (a "running toilet" between flushes). You may be losing more than 250 gallons a day.
     
  4. Install ultra-low plumbing devices and fixtures. Replace worn out washers on leaky faucets.
     
  5. Learn about where your water comes from and work with your local and state government to ensure its protection.
     
  6. Read and review your annual Consumer Confidence Report, which describes the results of tests performed at your drinking water system.
     
  7. If using a private well, obtain advice from your local health department for recommended testing. Protect your well's integrity.
     
  8. Use care to prevent spillage when handling gasoline and oil and promptly report and clean up any spills.
     
  9. Properly maintain your home heating oil tank to prevent leakage and spillage.
     
  10. 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.
     
  11. 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.
     
  12. Report any suspicious potential pollutant discharge or illegal dumping activity. Call toll-free (866) 633-4686.
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