In Metro Memphis, we are blessed with some of the best drinking water in the world. We all have to do our part to keep it that way. Two of the greatest threats to the Memphis aquifer are overuse and pollution. Below are some ways that you can do your part.
Water in our aquifer is not an endless resource. It is important that we are not taking water out of our aquifer quicker than nature can recharge it. Here are some easy ways to reduce the amount you use every day:
Water Statistics from EPA.gov/WaterSense
When you pour chemicals on the ground or down the drain or throw away hazardous household materials, they may seem like they are gone, but just because they are out of sight doesn’t mean they disappeared. Chemicals and heavy metals from waste can move through the ground down into our aquifer. Once pollution is in groundwater, it is very difficult and expensive to remove. One of the easiest ways to prevent this is to dispose of hazardous household materials correctly. DO NOT DISPOSE OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN YOUR REGULAR GARBAGE! Not only is it not safe for the environment, it is a danger to those who work in garbage collection. People have unfortunately died due to improperly disposed hazardous materials.
Know Where To Dispose Of Your Hazardous Waste
One of the missions at CAESER is not only doing research, but informing the public of our findings. An educated community can make informed decisions that can best protect our drinking water. Getting involved is one way to stay informed about local environmental issues that can threaten our drinking water. Here are some (not all!) organizations in the Metro Memphis area:
Another tip is to be involved in your local government. Becoming informed about these issues means you can make informed voting choices when initiatives and ballots are put forward. The next time you see an initiative on the ballot or one being proposed that you are for or against, call your representative. To find out who your elected officials are go to USA.Gov’s Elected Officials website.