Seattle is ranked high among American cities with excellent tap water quality, but the threat of water contamination can easily mar Seattle’s squeaky clean reputation. In addition to agricultural runoff and toxic industrial waste, households can also contribute to water contamination without even knowing it! It’s important that the entire community works together to reduce water contamination and protect Seattle’s tap water quality.
You might feel like there isn’t much you can do, but being proactive about plumbing maintenance is a great way to do your part in reducing water contamination. Raymark Plumbing & Sewer provides top-notch plumbing services in Seattle that can help to prevent water contamination caused by backflow, corroded pipes, and other plumbing problems. Plumbing maintenance also saves you money!
Do’s and Don’ts
Not sure what else you can do to combat water contamination and preserve Seattle’s high water quality? Check out these easy do’s and don’ts!
DO keep your vehicle in good shape. Leaking automotive fluids contain harsh chemicals that pollute groundwater and the public water supply. Go one step further and wash your vehicle at a carwash instead of in your driveway. Professional car washes are required to drain wastewater into sewer systems. From there it’s treated before being discharged.
DO contact your local sanitation or environmental health department instead for hazardous waste collection instead of dumping harsh household cleaners and products down the drain.
DO keep an eye for polluters. Report corporations and neighbors that illegally dispose of waste. No one wants to be a tattletale but no one like’s contaminated water either!
DO go to a pharmacy that has a drug recycling program to safely dispose of expired and unused medicine instead of flushing it down the toilet.
DO conserve as much water as possible. Excessive water usage not only contributes to drought but is also taxing on the water treatment process because it requires more energy.
DON’T forget to explore organic lawn and gardening options instead of using chemical herbicides and pesticides. Make your own fertilizer out of compost from kitchen leftovers.
DON’T leave pet waste on the ground. Due to its high content of harmful bacteria, it can easily contaminate groundwater and even public water sources.
DON’T flush your trash down the toilet. It clogs up your toilet and the entire sewage treatment process. Throw baby wipes, feminine care products, and paper towels in a wastebasket.
DON’T over do it with laundry detergent and dish soap. Use only the recommended amount. Eco-friendly brands get rid of dirt but are still biodegradable and non-toxic.
DON’T ignore litter or contribute to it! Plastic is difficult to remove from water sources and puts marine and even human life at risk. Always recycle!
At Raymark Plumbing & Sewer, we’re proud of Seattle’s reputation for high tap water quality and we’re happy to help you do your part in reducing water contamination with our professional plumbing service!