South West Plumbing celebrates National Water Quality Month

“Everyone enjoys being able to take a hot shower or drink from the tap without worrying about contamination,” said Mike Soriano, general manager of South West Plumbing. “That’s a luxury that others around the world don’t necessarily have. National Water Quality Month gives us a chance to focus on what we can do to ensure the safety of our freshwater supply.”

Soriano and the South West Plumbing team share these tips for improving water quality:

  • To reduce chemical use: From time to time, many drains get clogged. While liquid drain cleaners are a quick fix, they can find their way into waterways. In addition to drain cleaners, items such as medications, kitty litter, and pool chemicals should also be disposed of properly and not flushed through your plumbing system.
  • Use a local car wash: If it’s a nice day outside, some homeowners may want to consider washing their cars at home. While this can save you a trip to the car wash, it can also be hazardous to the water supply. Washing a vehicle at home can cause chemicals to be flushed down the storm drain. Professional car washes must have proper drainage systems in place to prevent these chemicals from reaching waterways.
  • Avoid pesticides: Pesticides and other fertilizers can be harmful if they get into the local water supply. If the garden is not properly irrigated, runoff water can flush these chemicals into storm drains.
  • Pet waste collection: Animal waste can be flushed down the storm drain if left unattended, which can lead to it reaching watercourses and contaminating the source.
  • Buy a water filtration system: If you are concerned about the quality of your drinking water, consider purchasing a water filtration system. It can help remove materials that can result in bad tasting and cloudy water.

“Keeping our drinking water clean is vital to the community,” Soriano said. “Taking small steps, such as reducing the amount of chemicals you use to clean a drain, can go a long way in protecting and improving our water quality.”

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About South West Plumbing
South West Plumbing was started over 35 years ago by Bill and Connie Buckingham out of their house with only one truck. All South West Plumbing plumbers and technicians are certified and come with fully stocked trucks that have everything they need to get the job done right. We have friendly, professional and uniformed technicians who are continuously trained to ensure they can perform your plumbing work with both precision and accuracy. We are the plumbing company you can count on. For more information visit

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