“Dr. Wood: 7 things you can do to keep Thurston County’s water clean”
“Good water quality is an essential part of every person’s life. Clean drinking water is necessary for us to maintain good health. Keeping our rivers, streams and Puget Sound healthy is important, not only for our local economy, but also for our health.”
“Because our water is a community resource, we all have to do our part to keep our water clean and healthy. Contaminants, hazardous chemicals and nutrients that run off of our roofs, roads, and lawns can end up in our rivers, lakes, the Sound or in our groundwater.
“Luckily there are simple steps all households can take to help reduce negative impacts on our water:
- Pick up after your pet.
- Inspect your septic system annually.
- Take all unwanted household hazardous materials to HazoHouse.
- Wash cars at a car wash to keep soap out of local waterways.
- Use organic, slow-release fertilizers.
- Plant native plants to absorb and filter water.
- Apply compost to soil and as a mulch.“
By Dr. Rachel C. Wood, health officer for Thurston and Lewis counties.