Preventing Pollution of Drinking Water Sources

Sewer PicWater pollution, or water contamination, occurs usually when solvents, oils, cleaners, pharmaceuticals and other chemicals are thrown into our sewer, septic, and wastewater systems.

Most large cities have tried to prevent water pollution by encouraging their citizens to recycle reusable resources. Oftentimes, we can forget that our kitchen and restroom drains are open access to our community’s wastewater disposal system that ultimately leads to our drinking water sources. Although we’ve gotten in the habit of disposing various wastes down our drains, it’s important to be aware of ways we can prevent water pollution and preserve potable water for the future.

Much of the pollution added to our wastewater systems becomes untraceable to a single source, as what the USEPA calls nonpoint source pollution. The association recommends citizens to:

  • Keep litter, pet wastes, leaves, and debris out of street gutters and storm drains.
  • Purchase household detergents and cleaners that are low in phosphorous to reduce the amount of nutrients discharged into our lakes, streams, and coastal waters.
  • Apply lawn and garden chemicals sparingly and according to directions.
  • Dispose of oils, antifreeze, paints, and other household chemicals properly, not in storm sewers or drains.
  • *Usually your local water department will have a program or location where hazardous household wastes can be collected and recycled.
  • Control soil erosion on your property by planting ground cover and stabilizing erosion-prone areas.

The Murfreesboro Water Resources Department encourages our community to recycle old households cleaners, used FOG (fats, oils, or grease), and other substances by pouring them in a container and donating it to our Water Resources Recovery Facility at 2032 Blanton Drive. 

**For more information about nonpoint source pollution can be found on the EPA’s website at www.epa.gov/nps 

**If you have any questions regarding water pollution and ways to prevent it in your community, contact our Murfreesboro Water Resources Recovery Facility at 615-848-3225.