Role of individuals in prevention of pollution
The role of an individual in maintaining a pollution free, pure and congenial environment and in preserving its resources is actually the need of the hour. Individuals can, however, play an important role in abatement of air, water, soil or noise pollution in the following simple manners:
1) Use low-phosphate, phosphate-free or biodegradable dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, and shampoo.
2) Don't use water fresheners in toilets.
3) Use manure or compost instead of commercial inorganic fertilizers to fertilize gardens and yard plant.
4) Use biological methods or integrated pest management to control garden, yard, and household pests.
5) Don't pour pesticides, paints, solvents, oils, or other products containing harmful chemicals down drain or on the ground. Contact the authorities responsible for their disposal.
6) Recycle old motor oil and antifreeze at an auto service center that has an oil recycling program.
7) If you get water from a private well or suspect that municipal water is contaminated, have tested by an EPA certified laboratory for lead, nitrates, trihalomethanes, radon, volatile, organic compounds and pesticides.
8)Run water from taps for several minutes every morning before using the water for drinking or cooking. Save it and use it to water plants.
If you have a septic tank, monitor it yearly and have it cleaned out every three to five years by a reputable contractor so that it won’t contribute to groundwater pollution. Do not use a septic tank cleaner, which contain toxic chemicals that can kill bacteria important to sewage decomposition and that can contaminate groundwater if systems malfunction.
9) Support ecological land-use planning in your community.
10) Get to know your local water bodies and form watchdog groups to help monitor, protect, and restore them.
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