households have a serious impact on water quality. Many of the
products we find in our home are toxic and new knowledge is
causing the list to grow. Small dry cell batteries, used in
toys and flashlights for example, are found to contribute heavy
metals such as cadmium to the environment and should be disposed
of on hazardous waste collection days rather than in our garbage.
labels to know what you are buying and what are the potential
label directions. If you don’t understand them, ask the manufacturer
or dealer or call your WSU Cooperative Extension agent for an
explanation before using.
alternative, less harmful products whenever possible.
the least toxic product you can find and buy only what you need.
use more of a product that the manufacturer recommends. •
of your unwanted household chemicals properly.
used motor oil to a recycling station.
on effective sewage treatment for your community by correcting
failing septic tanks and keeping treatment plants operating properly.