By Trey Allen
Everyone knows that there are household chemicals that can harm you because they are poisonous. That’s why we put them out of reach of our children and pets. But did you know that these chemicals can harm you even after you’ve thrown them away? When these chemicals are thrown in the trash, they wind up in landfills, and subsequently, our groundwater. When they are dumped onto the ground or poured into the storm sewer, they contaminate surface water. In both cases, this water contamination results in higher water treatment costs and has a detrimental effect on the ecosystem and our drinking water!
The chemicals that can harm groundwater include: paints, stains and varnishes; cleaners, polishes; automotive products, pesticides and fertilizers.