POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y., Aug. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Water covers 70 percent of the Earth, makes up about 60 percent of the human body and is the foundation of life for almost all living things. Water is vital to existence, but decades of pollution and other harmful practices have consistently damaged the water we drink, cook with and bathe in. T. Webber Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, a family owned and operated home services company serving the Hudson Valley, marks National Water Quality Month with six ways residents can have a positive impact on the quality of water.
"Lakes, rivers, and streams are significant resources that the U.S. relies on heavily as principal sources of water," said Tommy Webber, owner of T. Webber Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. "We may use these water sources recreationally, but we take them for granted. Neglect, pollution, and overuse has put the water quality in danger. There are a few simple things we can do to improve the water quality in our community."
Webber offers residents these tips:
- Use a rain barrel – During the summer months, garden and lawn watering make up about 40 percent of a household's total water consumption. Webber recommends using rain barrels to collect runoff from rooftops and use that to water lawns and gardens.
- Wash the car on the lawn – Several of the soaps and detergents that are used to wash cars contain phosphorus and other nutrients that may be good for the grass, but may not be so good for our water sources. By washing the car on the lawn, the runoff goes into the ground as opposed to storm drains where the harmful chemicals will negatively impact lakes and rivers.
- Properly dispose of pollutants – Used motor oil, antifreeze, paint, roof tar, rechargeable batteries, unused fertilizer, unused medication and other similar contaminants can be recycled at the Wheelabrator solid waste plant. This will prevent these dangerous substances from entering the water supply.
- Pick up pet waste – One ounce of dog waste contains 23 million microorganisms of disease-causing fecal coliform bacteria. Either flush your pet's droppings or put it in the garbage.
- Put trash where it belongs -- Recycle, reuse or put it in the garbage. Plastic does not decompose and can harm many animals and fish as well as pollute the water.
- Have the water tested by a professional – Many Hudson Valley residents rely on private wells for their water source. Unlike public water systems which are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), private wells are not. Households that use private wells need to take special precautions to ensure the water that enters their home is safe for their families. Homeowners that are concerned about the safety of their water should contact a professional to test the water. Once the water is tested, and any contaminants are identified, the expert can recommend a water treatment system to improve the water quality and provide peace of mind.
Hudson Valley-area residents can celebrate National Water Quality Month by being aware of their water habits and taking steps to ensure clean water for everyone.
"When we have clean water, we can lead satisfying lives," said Webber.
For Hudson Valley-area residents who would like help testing their water, T. Webber provides complete water testing, including checks for arsenic, bacterial contaminants, hardness, iron levels, lead, nitrates and pH balance. The professionals at T. Webber Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to assist and help repair or install the correct water filtration system for the home. For more information visit http://twebber.com/ or call 1-845-265-1400.
About T. Webber Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning
T. Webber Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is a family owned and operated home services company serving the Hudson Valley area, including Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester, Orange and Ulster counties. A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau, T. Webber has been the company of choice for commercial and residential repairs and services for nearly 30 years. Tom Webber founded the company in 1989 with the vision to exceed customer expectations and provide exceptional service with integrity, competence and objectivity with every service call. T. Webber provides timely, same-day service for plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical, well system, water quality, bathroom remodeling, and sewer and septic repairs. For more information, call 1-845-265-1400 or visit http://twebber.com/.
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