Proper disposal of trash in the home and the community is one way to reduce water pollution. Trash, pet waste and other debris littering streets may eventually flow into lakes and rivers via gutters and storm drains.
Products such as paint, oil, pool chemicals, antifreeze and insecticides contain chemicals that may be hazardous and enter the water supply. Some sanitation departments may collect or recycle hazardous household waste.
Keeping sewage and septic systems in good repair also reduces water pollution. Homeowners should have their septic systems inspected every 3 to 5 years. They should also avoid flushing non-degradable products such as diapers and plastic bags, as these products can damage sewage systems and pollute the water supply.