The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is reminding residents to take care of storm drains and road ditches, and to protect water sources in their community. Unlike the water that goes down your sink to sanitary sewers, water that flows into storm drains is not always treated for pollutants. Similarly, water that flows down ditches along roadways is untreated, and exposed to contaminants that are washed off roads, such as oils, grease, fuel and salt. This contaminated water flows from storm drains and ditches into local streams and eventually Lake Ontario.
It is very important that you help prevent contaminants from entering our waterways by:
- Never pouring anything down storm drains or into road ditches
- Taking the natural approach to lawn maintenance by skipping the fertilizers and weed killers which can wash into drains and ditches
- Washing your vehicle at a car wash with a water treatment system
- Cleaning up after your pets and disposing of the waste properly
Water that we drink has been naturally recycled through evaporation, precipitation and groundwater infiltration. We actually never receive new water. While some residents receive their water from private wells, others drink their water after it has been treated by municipal water treatment systems. With both sources it is important that drinking water be kept clean and protected from contamination. Taking the time to do a few simple actions can help ensure that our water is protected.
Household Hazardous Waste: Products such as bleach, cleaning products, and medicine do not belong in drains, streams or the garbage. Take your hazardous waste to your local household hazardous waste collection events.
Taps and Toilets: Conserve water everyday by limiting your daily activities. When brushing your teeth, turn the tap off. When taking a shower, limit it to ten minutes or install water saving devices.
Green Products: Use environmentally friendly cleaning products that will not damage the environment. They are readily available at most grocery stores and work just as well as non-green cleaners. A mixture of vinegar and water is also a great cleaning alternative.
For more information about how to protect your local rivers, Lake Ontario, and sources of drinking water, please contact the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority at 905.885.8173 / firstname.lastname@example.org.