As a community, our actions greatly impact all of those around us, the environment and future generations.
ReWa has developed several public education campaigns to support our goal of promoting a cleaner environment and protecting the public health and water quality of the Upstate lakes, rivers and streams. These campaigns are designed for our entire community to get involved and we provide tips on how you can help keep our water and environment clean and healthy.
Take a look below at our seven Be Freshwater Friendly initiatives and learn how you can get involved! To learn how you can protect the environment and implement our public education campaigns visit: befreshwaterfriendly.org.
Being yard savvy means always being conscious of what fertilizers you’re using on your lawn or garden. Many fertilizers have excess amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous, which can be damaging for our waterways and groundwater collections.
Pet waste is not something people typically think of as pollution, but when it rains, unscooped waste is washed into our rivers, lakes, and streams. Not to mention that it is toxic to your lawn, causing burns and discoloring! Pet waste contributes nitrogen, phosphorus, parasites, and fecal bacteria to water bodies when it is not disposed of properly. Always clean up after your pets!
When you wash your car at home, your driveway becomes a flowing source of soap, scum, and oily grit. The runoff water flows down the street along the curb directly into storm drains. Many people don’t realize that storm water isn’t treated; it flows directly to our rivers, lakes and streams! Head over to the Be Freshwater Friendly website to learn how you can wash your car in an environmentally friendly manner.
Many common products, like paints, pesticides and personal care products, contain phosphorus and nitrogen. While everyone needs to use these types of products, you can educate yourself about what ingredients are included. Look for “phosphates” or other variations in the ingredient list. When handling these products, try to reduce the amount you use each time, and don’t dispose of any excess product down the drain.
According to SCDHEC, South Carolina households generate nearly 3 billion gallons of sewage each year. About 60 percent of homes are served by public or community sewer systems. The rest — more than 1 million households — rely on septic tanks located on their property. In an average year, 10 to 30 percent of septic systems fail to work properly, usually because of poor maintenance.
Whenever possible, connect with public or community sewer. If sewer isn’t available in your area, be sure to maintain and sustain your septic system.
While cooking, the garbage disposal may seem like a handy way to quickly dispose of things in kitchen, but before you throw everything-but-the-kitchen-sink INTO the kitchen sink, read this: There are a number of foods that you should simply trash, as they aren’t healthy for your disposal, your pipes or your environment. To learn more visit www.pipepatrol.org.
Blockages in sewer pipes are on the rise, and repairs to fix the lines are costing the utilities and their stakeholders a lot of money. Personal cleaning wipes and kitty litter manufactures are labeling their products as “flushable”, and have created a large misconception that these items can simply be tossed into the toilet. Even though manufacturers may label items as “flushable” and claim that they break down as they are agitated within the sewer system, these items can still clog household pipes and sewer lines. The best practice is to toss these items instead of flushing.