August is National Water Quality Month We Know We Cannot Survive Without It, But Are We Doing Enough to Keep Our Water Safe?

Water is one of the basic needs to sustain life on planet Earth. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), “Each day humans must consume a certain amount of water to survive. Of course, this varies according to age and gender, and also by where someone lives.” USGS also quotes H.H. Mitchell of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, “The brain and the heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery:31%.”

Every August is recognized as National Water Quality Month to raise public awareness about the need to protect sources of fresh water and to minimize acts of pollution that threaten water quality and potentially the existence of life on this planet. Everyone has a responsibility to preserve and protect this precious essential natural resource. One website suggests the following:

  • Avoid antibacterial soaps and cleaning products as they may contain a registered pesticide known to harm marine life.
  • Pick up after your pets.
  • Be informed by reading your local water quality report in your area.
  • Avoid paving your properties.
  • Try to fix your car’s leaks and place liners in driveways to prevent oil from seeping into the ground.
  • Avoid flushing expired or unwanted medication down the toilet or down the drain.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), regulates the public water systems in the country and sets the safety standards and tests for safety. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the public has access to Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs) to learn about the drinking water quality in every area of America.