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Action Steps: What Can I Do?

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Q. Why does the water in the brook look strange?

Read the Water Resources Field Guide to help identify what is happening. To start addressing the problem:

Q. Is my tap water safe to drink?

If you are using a public water supply...

If you get water from a well...

Q. Is it safe to swim in this pond, lake, or river?

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Simple Things You Can Do

To improve groundwater recharge:

  • Reduce the size of your lawn.
  • Replace with trees or native shrubs and ground covers.
  • Install a gravel or porous pavement driveway.

To reduce stormwater runoff from your property:

  • Create rain gardens and other infiltration features to process runoff from roofs and driveways.
  • Reduce non-point source pollution of surface waters.
  • Maintain and enhance vegetated buffers on shorelines and stream banks.

To reduce use of public water supply resources:

  • Water lawns and gardens only when needed.
  • Install smart irrigation systems.
  • Install flow restrictions on showers and faucets.
  • Find and fix leaky faucets.

To reduce volume of wastewater:

  • Install low flow toilets, shower heads, and faucet flow restrictors.
  • Separate roof drains from the sewer system.

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