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Your actions make a difference

Posted April 3, 2018 in Articles

Below is a guest blog from Heather Nix of Upstate Forever. We are sharing it because we love the message she is sharing about clean water and how everyone can be working together to ensure our region’s natural resources stay clean.


“Here in the Upstate it’s hard to imagine having a severe water crisis like the one currently happening in Cape Town, South Africa.  A three-year drought has forced this thriving metropolis to request drastic changes in water use in order to keep homes supplied with water.  People there are taking drastic measures to limit their daily water use to 13 gallons a day or less — an amazingly low amount when compared to the 100 gallons per day that South Carolinian’s typically use (Pacific Institute, 2010). 


If you’ve ever experienced a “boil-water advisory” you’ve glimpsed how different our lives would be if we didn’t have convenient access to clean drinking water.  Having clean water doesn’t happen by accident, it takes dedicated work by many.  Upstate Forever is proud to partner with drinking water utilities across the Upstate to help protect our drinking water supplies and ensure we continue to have clean water for future generations. 


But we can’t do it without you. Remember, everything that you put on the ground — fertilizer, herbicides, or litter —  ends up in our rivers and lakes, so please be thoughtful about how your actions can make a difference.


Springtime commercials for fertilizers, weed killers, and herbicides abound with the promise of a perfectly green, manicured lawn. What these commercials don’t tell you is how much chemical residue is seeped into the earth and allowed to pollute our local water systems. To minimize this, check your soil to see if fertilizer is truly necessary and invest in slow-release fertilizer (which releases smaller amounts of chemicals over a longer period of time, preventing an “overdose” of chemicals to the earth).


It’s also popular for people to water their lawns, particularly in the middle of a steamy South Carolina summer. While it is appropriate to water your lawn to keep your grass alive, take note of just how much water you’re really using; chances are it’s a bit too much and you could practice being a little more Fresh Water Friendly. Take note of your irrigation and run-off strategies as well, as mismanagement of these factors can cause poor clean water drainage and storm water pollution!


We talk about the side effects of yard work specifically in the ReWa Be Fresh Water Friendly campaign. For more information on how you can practice saving water in your lawn care practices, check out this article.