Even though water makes up over 70% of Earth’s surface area, the total amount of freshwater only makes up around 3% of the water supply, 1% of which is easily accessible. This 1% accounts for all of our lakes, rivers, groundwater, aquifers, and streams. With this in mind, one can imagine that sustaining the needs of over 7 billion people on earth is no easy task. Keeping our freshwater sources clean and free from pollution is essential. Being mindful of the effect our activities might have on the environment is a step in the right direction.
Here are some things you can do at home to protect your water. Every little bit helps!
Go to a car wash instead of washing your own car.
Pick up after your pet.
Use a broom instead of hosing down your driveway.
Don’t use fertilizer made with phosphorus.
Don’t flush expired or unwanted medication down the toilet.
Take used oil or antifreeze to a service station or recycling center.
Avoid using antibacterial soaps.
Consider switching to plant-based cleaning products.