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...Protecting our water environment and the Bay can start with your toilet?

Using your toilet can be hazardous to our water environment. Some trash thrown in a toilet can't break down. As a result, non-biodegradables can pass through and pollute the Bay water and clog sanitary sewer lines. Keep the following items OUT of your toilet and in IN the TRASH.

...You must keep pool, spa and fountain water OUT of storm drains, creeks and the Bay?

Swimming pools, spas and fountains cannot be drained to the storm drain?  Storm drains flow directly to our creeks and Bay.  Water from pools, spas and fountains contains chlorine and copper.  Copper is a pollutant that threatens aquatic life in our creeks and the Bay. It is used as an algaecide in pools, spas and fountains and copper pipes are commonly used in pool plumbing.

Draining pools, spas and fountains directly to a storm drain can pollute creeks with copper, chlorine, sediments and other contaminants. 

Always drain pool, spa and fountain water to the sanitary sewer system through the clean out on your sanitary sewer line. 

...You must obtain a permit to drain your swimming pool, fountain or spa?

If you live in the Alto, Almonte and Homestead Sanitary Districts, the City of Mill Valley or Richardson Bay Sanitary District, before draining your pool, spa or fountain, you must obtain a permit from the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin (SASM).  A small area of the Tamalpais Community Services District may also need a permit.  Call for a drain permit:  388-2402 ext. 16.

...The human body is 70% water?
Every system in our body uses water. Water is important to our bodies because it makes up 83% of our blood, transports body wastes, lubricates body joints, keeps our body temperature stable, and is a part of cells, which make up all living things.

If you lost 10% of your body water you would not be able to walk. Lose 20% and without treatment you would certainly die.

Humans can live for more than two months without food but will die in a week or less without water. This is because the body uses water in so many ways:
• Regulation of body temperature
• Prevention of salt buildup in the body
• Carrying food to the body’s organs
• Removing waste products
• Carrying oxygen to body parts
• Removing carbon dioxide
• Digestion of food

The most important function in the body is cleansing the blood in the kidneys. All blood passes through the kidneys fifteen times a day where the water helps to “wash” it. When the kidneys fail, the human body cannot survive more than three weeks with unclean blood. Water is essential for maintaining the living body – without it, we couldn’t even blink an eyelid!

...Seventy-five percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water?
Of all that water, 97% is salt water. We cannot drink salt water. It is difficult and expensive to remove salt from the water for drinking purposes, but there are plants that do this, called “desalinization plants”. Two percent (2%) of the fresh water on earth is frozen in glaciers at the North and South Poles.

So, when you think about why water is so precious, it is because less than 1% of all the water on Earth is fresh water we can actually use. We use this water not only to nourish our bodies, but for transportation, heating and cooling, and many other purposes. All living things, including humans, animals, and plants need water to live. Next to the air we breathe, water is our most important necessity. Without water, the Earth would be very desolate – something like the Moon.

...Flushing toilets represent the largest portion of indoor water use?
Older models use 3.5 to 7 gallons of water each time they are flushed. This is to remove only a relatively small amount of waste. Newer, high-efficiency toilets use only 1.6 gallons per flush. In most homes, about one-third (33%) of the water used goes to flush toilets. You can save water by making sure that you don’t use the toilet as a trashcan for paper and particles that can be thrown in the garbage can instead. Why waste gallons of precious water?

Last updated: 9/1/2011 2:50:22 PM