you drink water, it comes from a well or spring (groundwater sources) or a river
or lake (surface water sources). Drinking water in North Carolina is generally
safe, but it can become polluted if we are not careful and it's not just drinking
water. All water sources need to be protected. Many of the things we do in our
homes and on our farms can pollute our water and the environment. Poorly maintained
or designed septic systems and stormwater runoff from our homes and animal waste
systems can pollute surface and groundwater. Pesticides, fertilizers, fuels,
and cleaning products can contaminate our water when they are not stored and
It is nearly impossible to get pollutants out of water once they get there.
Expensive treatments, closures of bodies of water, or new wells would be required
to get safe drinking water again. Clearly, it is much more effective to keep
pollutants out of water than to try to clean it up afterward.
who have their own wells or springs for drinking water need to be especially
aware of pollution sources because their water is not tested for contaminants
as is city water. This is called wellhead protection and involves careful attention
to the activities near your well to be sure the water remains safe. However,
everyone is responsible for protecting drinking water supplies, whether it is
their own or their neighbors'.
The goal of the North Carolina Home*A*Syst/Farm*A*Syst/Coast*A*Syst program is to help protect the health of you and your family and the environment of North Carolina.
Additional information on stormwater management can be found at the Stormwater Resources webpage: http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/stormwater. Real estate professionals, homeowners, and elected officials can learn more about stormwater best management practices that can be implemented to reduce pollutants entering water sources through stormwater runoff.
For those who would like information on how to manage forests and protect water quality, please go to this website: http://www.dfr.state.nc.us/stewardship/family_forest/ff_contents.htm