Join the Cycle!
By Mark Jockers
May 16, 2013
Clean water is everyone's right and everyone's responsibility. Every day Clean Water Services, the water resource management utility for more than 530,000 residents of Washington County, Ore., encourages residents to recognize that we all have a lasting impact on our water quality through the small steps we take at home. Clean Water's "Join the Cycle" campaign reminds residents that water moves in one big cycle and we can all help keep it clean.
Outside your house it's important to remember what goes on the ground goes into rivers, streams and other water bodies through storm drains. Keeping pollutants such as soap and oil from cars, chemical fertilizers from lawns and dog poop from pets out of storm drains will mean healthier communities.
Keeping pipes and drains clear inside the house will prevent expensive repairs for residents and help keep systems and equipment working properly. Instead of pouring grease, oil and gravy down the drain in the sink, freeze it in a can and throw it away. Flushing wipes down the toilet can also cause problems in your pipes; it's best to use the trash, instead of the toilet, for disposal.
If you want to make a direct impact on water quality join a community event. Planting native trees and shrubs along local streams provides shade and animal habitat, and the roots help prevent erosion. You can also help remove invasive species that outcompete beneficial plants and pick up litter that pollutes our water.
Whether you help out as part of a group or at home, we can all join the cycle to help keep our water clean.