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3 Tips to Conserve Water

We have often heard people say that water is a precious resource. How could it not be? The human body is made up mostly of water, more than 50% in fact.

The planet that we live in is also comprised mostly of water. Thus, people start to wonder why they need to conserve any water at all?

Fact is that close to 100% of all of this water is salt water. Thus it is undrinkable and it isn’t good for human consumption. Less than 1% of all this water on the planet Earth is actually fit for human consumption.

With the population of the world growing at an unprecedented rate, this is why people need to put their best efforts into conserving as much water as they can. Apart from that, conserving water can help stop shortages and even help out the environment.

The NC CWEP team is here to share with you several tips that can help you do this.

Be Mindful of the Tap

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Most everybody brushes their teeth everyday, right? For some people, they brush their teeth several times a day. Being mindful when doing this can do a lot for the conservation of water.

When you aren’t washing your toothbrush, just be sure to turn off the faucet. It is that simple!

At the same time, whenever you turn on the faucet, don’t turn it on fully. You can just open it a little bit to let enough water through to either wash your toothbrush or rinse away the foam from your mouth.

This same tip can be used when washing the dishes. You can strategically plan out how you wash your plates so as to save all the water.

For instance, you can turn on the faucet and let a little water through. Start by rinsing all the excess grime and food from your plates. Afterwards, you can take your sponge and soap all the plates and spoons and forks in one go.

When it is already, open the faucet again to rinse it all off.

Garden Strategically

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The next tip we have is for gardening. People love to garden. It is a peaceful activity that so many people can get into.

However, people don’t realize that something as simple as where you put your plants can affect your water conservation and levels.

People often put their plants in pots, right? This is a nice way to keep your garden quite organized. However, people don’t realize that using pots and baskets will require you to use more water when watering your plants.

Instead, just plant them in the ground. This way, the plants take less water and even benefit from groundwater.

Don’t Wash Your Car

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Alright, this last tip may sound a bit odd. No one wants to ride in a dirty car. It hurts the eyes of many people on the road.

Washing your car yourself will require a ton of water. If you have a large car, think about how much water you’ll need.

Instead, why not just head over to your local car wash. The good car washes recycle water, which is water conservation at its best.

At the same time, washing your carscan quite possibly contribute to stormwater pollution.

We hope these tips will help you in conserving water for a better tomorrow.

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3 Things To Know About Algal Blooms

Water pollution is a really big environmental problem. For one, the pollution in our large bodies of water ends up endangering the lives and ecosystems of the fish and other creatures that live down there.

Apart from that though, water pollution can hit closer to home than you think. For instance, stormwater pollution. This is when various forms of water move over certain dirty things like dirt, oils, fertilizers and more.

When it goes into the sewage system, all these dirty water travels are taken out in rivers and other bodies of water. Since it is not filtered, all that dirt can come back to hurt us eventually.

One other source of water pollution is one that people aren’t that familiar with. It is called algal blooms and is something that happens within the water itself.

This article will explore what exactly algal blooms are and what we can do to prevent it.

What Are Algal Blooms?

Algae is a natural plant that grows underwater. Think about it as seaweed. Now, when these algae start growing to unthinkable or unreasonable numbers (when they bloom if you will), this creates a problem for the water.

Algae population can grow at a rapid pace when an excess of nutrients makes its way into the water. The problem is that algae use dissolved oxygen. When they use too much of it, this creates a problem for the fish under the sea.

Algal blooms by themselves aren’t all that harmful. However, they can get to a certain stage that makes it deadly for other organisms and animals. They can also create a giant toxic blanket that covers parts of the sea for years.

This isn’t a concern only for aquatic life though. When algal blooms start affecting organisms that eventually end up in people’s mouths – like fish and oysters – it can lead to several illnesses.

Symptoms may range from numbness to even being paralyzed for a long period of time, and even death.

What is the Real cause of Toxic Algal Blooms?

The thing about this is, no one really knows what causes toxic algal blooms.

Algae itself is affected by certain factors of nature. Things like the sun, how hot or cold the temperature is, the levels of nutrients in the water, and more.

With these in mind though, scientists and researchers have still not been able to pinpoint the actual combination of these factors for toxic algal blooms to be present.

How to Prevent Toxic Algal Blooms

Be that as it may, there are still things we can do to prevent its growth. These include things like handling fertilizer carefully. If you are near a water source, be careful that the fertilizer doesn’t get in it.

Apart from that, if you are near a water source, don’t use soap near it. Whether its organic soap or not, it is much the same. Instead, get water from the source and place it in a bucket. Wash elsewhere.

Let’s all do our part in battling toxic algae blooms.

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3 Things You Should Know and Do About Stormwater Pollution

One of the biggest things that affect the health and cleanliness of fresh water around us is stormwater.

Stormwater is water that comes from things like rain, snow that has melted, and many other sources. These things come from everywhere around us. They can come from the roofs of houses. From the soil. From certain lawns.

Most likely, after it has accumulated, stormwater begins to travel. It can move over unsavory and unhealthy things like the feces of animals, pesticides, fertilizers, oils, and so much more.

The problem? Well eventually, stormwater finds its way into the drainage system. This drainage system travels and expels the stormwater into fresh water sources like rivers and such. All of this stormwater has had no treatment and is very dirty.

You can see where the problem lies.

However, most people don’t know much about stormwater or what to do about it. In this article, we’ll talk about things that people should know and do about stormwater pollution.

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Clean Your Car Correctly

Something as simple as cleaning your car can affect stormwater pollution. You may think that washing your car isn’t a big deal. However, that is where you are wrong.

If you clean your car in a certain area that lets the leftover water and soap go down the drain, then you are directly contributing to stormwater pollution.

So what is the better practice?

Well, when washing or cleaning your car, pick a surface that is away from drains. These surfaces are usually lawn or gravel.

Lawn or gravel will work for you, as it will soak up any dirt or soap that comes off after you have been washing your car.

Apart from that, make sure you use the right kind of soap when you are at it too. A phosphate-free soap or a non-toxic soap would do the trick as well.

If all this is too much for you, you don’t need to worry. Just take your car over to a car wash that follows these things as well.

Have a Rain Barrel

Since rain is a very big proponent of stormwater, why not nip the problem in the bud? One way you can do this is by having either a rain barrel or cistern installed in your household.

Either of these things collects the rainwater and stores it. This effectively stops it from reaching the drains.

Furthermore, you can use the accumulated rainwater for a great number of things. For instance, rainwater has a lot of nutrients that are great for use in gardens. It is ideal to use rainwater and not tap water that has fluoride and chlorine in it.

In addition, this rainwater can also have you stave off any chemical fertilizers that you are using in the garden. This also helps lessen the chances of stormwater pollution.

Support Programs

Finally, the one thing that you can do that will help out greatly is by keeping a lookout and supporting any programs that are designed to support stormwater systems.

These programs allow for less flooding to happen, while also keeping nature’s resources safe and intact.

At an initial glance, these programs may cost a pretty penny. However, the benefits far outweigh the cost. Successful programs can help with damages to property as well.

We hope you stay aware and active in the fight against stormwater pollution.