1. Conserve Water
- Turn off water while shaving, doing dishes, and brushing your teeth.
- Only run your dishwasher and washing machine when they are full.
- Check for leaks around your toilet.
- Install water-saving faucets, toilets, and shower heads.
2. Avoid Toxic Household Products
- Bring hazardous products (such as paints, auto fluids, and swimming pool chemicals) to designated collection facilities so they can be disposed properly. Most towns and cities offer drop-off days for household hazardous wastes.
- Instead of toxic household cleaners, use natural and homemade cleaning products made from everyday products like baking soda and vinegar.
- Choose non-toxic options for clogged drains like a plumbing snake or a homemade drain cleaner.
3. Check Your Septic System
- Pump out your septic system every two to three years to avoid sludge buildup. Have your system checked each year for problems that can lead to pollution.
- Replace your septic system or cesspool with one that removes nitrogen. Traditional septic systems are the biggest source of nitrogen pollution to Buzzards Bay.
4. Keep Drains Clear
- Never pour medications or toxic chemicals down the drain. Don’t flush them, either. They will end up directly in our waterways.
- Don’t pour fats, oils, or grease down your drain. They clog pipes and ruin wastewater treatment plants. Instead, pour grease and cooking oil into a disposable container, allow it to harden, and then throw it away.
- Avoid using a garbage disposal. Like grease and cooking oil, food scraps can clog pipes and make wastewater treatment harder. Instead, try composting your kitchen food scraps.
- Never flush household cleaning items like paper towels, cotton balls, baby wipes, and dental floss. These items can all lead to major clogs and costly repairs at wastewater treatment plants.