ROANOKE, Va., Aug. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Trust Home Services, southern Virginia's leading HVAC, plumbing and electrical provider, marks National Water Quality Month with five tips residents can use to have a positive impact on the water quality in their community.
"August is national water quality month, and there are a few simple things that area residents can do now to reduce water pollution and runoff," said Ted Puzio, owner of Southern Trust Home Services. "One thing to keep in mind, just because it disappears, doesn't mean it goes away."
Southern Trust Home Services, formerly Southern State Electric, offers these tips to help area residents preserve the quality of water:
- Know what you are putting down the drain– and how it effects the water supply. Sewer treatment plants are not able to eliminate 100 percent of the chemicals and toxins we put down our drains. Pharmaceuticals, detergents, lotions, creams, soaps – they all end up in our water supply. Consider switching to environmentally friendly and nontoxic cleaners and personal care items. You should also properly dispose of hazardous chemicals (prescriptions, motor oil, pool chemicals, insecticides, etc.) to ensure they do not end up in your water supply.
- Pick up trash and pet waste – Make sure your trash always goes in the trash can or recycle bin. Put pet waste in the trash or flush it down the toilet. Scooping up pet waste keeps the bacteria from running into storm drains and water supplies. The most practical method is to tie it in a recycled-plastic pet-waste bag and throw it in the trash.
- Use rain barrels – Rain barrels are a great way to catch rain water running off of your roof. Instead of flowing to the storm drain, the water collected can be used to water garden plants or wash windows and cars.
- Manage storm water runoff – The top cause for water pollution in America is storm water runoff. Rain or snowmelt collects everything from dirt to bacteria to chemicals as it runs into our storm drains. These drains then deposit the water untreated into our local water bodies.
- Don't over-water your lawn – Over-watering can increase the flow of fertilizers deep into soils and eventually groundwater supplies, which are an important drinking water source. Walk on your lawn to find out if it is thirsty – if your footprints remain, it is time to water.
For Roanoke-area residents who would like help inspecting and updating their home to prevent these and other common household hazards, the professionals at Southern Trust Home Services are ready to assist. For more information about electrical, plumbing or HVAC home safety and maintenance tips from the BBB A+ rated Southern Trust Home please visit www.southerntrusthomeservices.com.
About Southern Trust Home Services
Founded in 1995 as Southern State Electric, Southern Trust Home Services provides 24/7 emergency services for 60 plus cities in southern Virginia. Specializing in residential plumbing, electrical and HVAC work, Southern Trust Home Services staffs dedicated, certified, licensed and insured, drug and criminal background checked technicians who provide timely, same-day services for a variety of home repairs, installations and maintenance. A Better Business Bureau accredited company since 2006, Southern Trust Home Services has financing available including 0 percent for 18 months, and Lifetime Repair Guarantee on stated repairs. To find out more, call 540-343-4348 or visit www.southerntrusthomeservices.com.
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