Water Quality

Water quality is one of the main focuses of our environmental issues. In our everyday lives at home, work, school, and in the community there are many things we can do that effect our water quality.

Water quality really became an issue when our water started to show up polluted. Many of the sources of pollution are related to our disposal habits. In the last decade measures have been taken to regulate and police the industries that dispose of our waste. Landfills now must be built to meet tough federal regulations so that seepage from waste disposal is managed to prevent the amount of noxious effects on our water.

Each person should be knowledgeable about their own waste and limit the amount of waste sent to landfills. By limiting the amount of our waste, we can fill up the landfills with the real nasty stuff that landfills are built to handle.

Several campaigns are currently active to educate the public on water quality. It only takes an interest to learn about things. Be conscious of all labels of anything you buy or mix. Mixing chemicals properly and using them for their intended use is not toxic to our water quality or environment.

Chemicals or hazardous waste include pesticides automotive products, paints and solvents, and cleaning or sterilizing agents. Purchasing only the amount of product you can efficiently use is key to not being tempted to dispose of it improperly.

When it comes time to dispose of something, think of our water quality. The way the water system works in Tarrant County for all residents is: The surface water goes into storm drains and creeks, the storm drains and creeks go into the Trinity River, the river flows into the reservoirs in east Texas where our water is then sent back up to us through pipelines and processed for us to consume.

Think about your waste everyday at home, work, school and in the community -- what is left in the environment does come back to us.