Prevent Water Pollution
Another way you can help conserve water is to prevent pollution, especially from yard fertilizers. These fertilizers have large quantities of nutrients to help grass and plants grow. This is helpful for our lawns, but can be a big problem for our environment if we use too much. Water runoff carries these fertilizers from our lawns and into waterways, where the extra nutrients can cause all sorts of environmental issues. This runoff harms the fishing industry near coastlines, builds toxins in fish populations, and makes people sick if they eat the nearby fish or come into contact with the water.
Ways you can personally prevent water pollution:
- In your yard, use native plants that need minimal extra water and fertilizer.
- Use less fertilizer by learning how much and what kind you should use for your yard and garden.
- Know where your food comes from: choose more organic crops produced with fewer chemicals.
- Use homemade compost from your own food scraps to replace store bought fertilizer.
- Be aware of your sprinkler use and placement so that you use less water and do not water pavement.
- Use an environmentally friendly rain barrel to collect rainwater for use in your yard.
The National Wildlife Federation has a helpful website you can use to pick a wildlife-friendly fertilizer.