Life as we know it depends on water. Yet, we often take it for granted. The convenience of having 24/7 access to clean water can come at a price. Did you know that water discharged from a dishwasher can contain up to 1,000 times the EPA's recommended level for phosphate?
What goes up must come down. And what goes in must come out? We’re talking about the drain, of course. Every time we take a drink of water, we have an impact on the environment—whether we choose to drink water from the tap, or from a fountain or bottle, our actions have impacts. And what about what we’re sending back down our drains? And not just us—factories and agriculture pollute water for aquatic life and human use downstream. What can you do?
Students all over the country have created dozens of other projects to clean up what comes out and what goes in. The Down the Drain Action Guide and related lesson plans, videos, and other resources will highlight some of those projects, as well as shine light on some of the most important water quality issues. Take a look.
Down the Drain
Did you realize that everything you send down the drain—including things that you wash off your body or that first pass through your body—can end up back in local waterways, the ocean, and even the water supply? Use the tools in this Action Guide to investigate what is going down your drain, and to develop and implement a plan to defend your drain (and others) from toxins.