Even though there are known treatments that have been practiced and applied in the drinking water that we consume, it is also very important that we protect the main source of water like the streams, springs, lake and rivers. Protecting the sources of our drinking water is not an easy task and cannot be done alone by a single person. It should be a joint effort among the community, resource administrators and the public water systems.
Pollution is one major thing that can contaminate our water source and should be fought off in order to protect it. There are so many ways in which the drinking water source can be protected from pollutions. Even small ways of protection can go a long way. Put up signs and posters of anti-pollution near or along the borders of the water source. This is a way to warn and inform people that pollution around the drinking water source space can affect the cleanliness and well-being of the water.
Minimize the use of fertilizers, pesticides and other agricultural products that contain toxic chemicals. As much as possible, opt for products that are natural and organic. The harsh chemicals present in the pesticides and fertilizers may help in an abundant and healthy crop but they can travel through the soil and to the ground water contaminating our source of drinking water. Disposing of hazardous waste should be made appropriately. Paints, mothballs, household cleaners, motor oil and other products in our homes may contain poisonous chemicals that when dumped directly in the ground can travel through the soil and contaminate ground and surface water.
Be a water advocate. If there is an existing community group that aims to promote protection of the drinking water source, join them and let the people in your community become aware and well-informed about the importance of protecting the source of drinking water you are all consuming. Join in a water clean-up drive.
Encourage every person in your community to take responsibility for their own drinking water source and the water they get from the drinking water source. Drinking water source is a shared resource and those who have been the end receivers of this resource should take obligation in protecting it. There are so many things to do that do not require so many efforts. Protection of the sources should start within one’s self by being responsible with our own wastes that are the major contributor of pollution.