Preventing Pollution of Drinking Water Sources

Polluted Water StreamWater pollution, or water contamination, occurs usually when airborne dust, grit, and chemicals from asphalt; particles from brake pads and tire wear; and fertilizers and litter are carried away into our stormwater drainage systems and streams.

Most large cities have tried to prevent this type of contamination by encouraging their citizens to properly consume and dispose of waste products. Much of the pollution added to our stormwater systems becomes untraceable to a single source, as what the USEPA calls nonpoint source pollution. The association recommends citizens to:

  • Keep litter, pet wastes, leaves, and debris out of street gutters and storm drains.
  • Purchase household detergents and cleaners that are low in phosphorous to reduce the amount of nutrients discharged into our lakes, streams, and coastal waters.
  • Apply lawn and garden chemicals sparingly and according to directions.
  • Dispose of oils, antifreeze, paints, and other household chemicals properly, not in storm sewers or drains.
  • *Usually your local water department will have a program or location where hazardous household wastes can be collected and recycled.
  • Control soil erosion on your property by planting ground cover and stabilizing erosion-prone areas.

**For more information about nonpoint source pollution can be found on the EPA’s website at www.epa.gov/nps 

 **If you have any questions regarding the water quality in your home or community, contact the Murfreesboro Water Resources Department at 615-890-0862.


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