Here are some safer alternatives to common household water pollutants:
Bleach Alternatives = Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, oxygen, borax, salt water
Pesticide Alternatives = Horticultural oil, insecticide soap and neem oil. Also look for products without neonicotinoids for pollinator safety.
Click below for more easy tips to keep your water clean
Here is what a healthy water cycle looks like.
Clean water= healthy plants, healthy animals, healthy earth
But many things can go wrong in our water cycle. Chemicals that were improperly disposed of and other harmful bacteria can infect our water.
Water quality is important! You can make a difference in keeping our water clean and safe for you, your family, your community and beyond!
Our Water Cycle: What could go wrong?
What Can You Do to Positively Impact Water Quality?
To find out more about leading causes of water contamination click here:
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About the Author
The content and design of this page is a final product from a participant in the Shalom Green Horticultural Education Program. This program is the result of a collaboration between Shalom Green Charlotte and Growth Through Gardening. It was designed to offer students the opportunity for focused community service projects with a focus on the environment.
Why Does Water Quality Matter?
We use water for many things in our life. We need water to grow food, we especially use it for drinking, it gives us oxygen to breathe and we even use it for our in enjoyment. Water, gives us many of the resources that we use to live, and if we continue polluting it we may not have any water at all.
Water Quality Impact at Shalom Park Community Garden
At Shalom Park Community Garden we grow food to donate to Jewish Family Services, garden volunteers and their families. We use organic growing practices in an effort to produce the healthiest, most nutritious food for our community. We rely on city water to help our plants grow.
Year to date Shalom Park Community Garden has donated over 150 pounds of produce to Jewish Family Services. Produce donated includes tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, okra, lettuce, carrots, beets, kale, mint, oregano, parsley, grapes and figs.
Many of these foods take a lot of water to produce. We did some research and found some surprising totals of how much water it takes to grow foods in our garden as well as some other popular foods.
1 lb. of raisins = 292 gallons of water 1 lb. of figs = 401 gallons of water
1 lb. of tomatoes = 26 gallons of water 1 lb. of cucumbers = 42 gallons of water
1 lb. of mint = 35 gallons of water 1 lb. of cinnamon = 1860 gallons of water
1 lb. of cocoa powder = 1847 gallons of water 1 lb. of vanilla = 15,159 gallons of water
1 gallon of tea = 108 gallons of water 1 gallon of coffee = 1056 gallons of water
1 lb. of chicken = 518 gallons of water 1 lb. of beef = 1847 gallons of water
Do you have access to clean water? How about your neighbors? Greater community members?
What does water quality mean and why does it matter?
Keep reading for answers to these questions and more!
Many common household products pollute our water. Below are examples of pollutants that are harmful for the environment:
These chemicals can cause harm to the environment but most people don't know how to properly dispose of these chemicals.
To learn more about safe disposal of household items that might contaminate your water supply, contact your local waste management department.