How to Keep Our Drinking Water Free of Cleaners and Detergents
Cleaners and detergents contain chemicals (i.e. alkylphenols) that pollute our drinking water if overused or disposed of improperly. Alkylphenols are synthetic compounds found in detergents, cleaning products, pesticides, hair care products, and many other common household products.
Humans are often exposed to alkylphenols through ingesting them. When alkylphenols are not disposed of properly, they can pollute our drinking water and seafood, resulting in humans unknowingly consuming them.
Many people see the drain as an easy solution to disposing of unwanted cleaners or detergents, but unless they are non-hazardous or non-harmful, a drain isn’t the right solution. Dumping these chemicals down storm drains is illegal. Pouring them down household or commercial drains can negatively impact local water and sewage treatment operations.
You can reduce these chemicals by checking that the products you buy are safe for both you and the environment, and properly disposing of them at your local Household Hazard Waste Drop-off Facility.
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