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August is National Water Quality Month

August is National Water Quality Month

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August is National Water Quality Month

Nicholson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has advice on how to have a positive impact on the water quality in the greater MetroWest area

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Aug. 17, 2017 –Nicholson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, a family-owned home service business serving the greater MetroWest area, marks National Water Quality Month with six tips residents can use to have a positive impact on the water quality in their community.

“August is national water quality month, and there are a few simple things that area residents can do to reduce water pollution and runoff,” said Mike Nicholson, owner of Nicholson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. “One thing to keep in mind: Just because it disappears, doesn’t mean it goes away.”

Nicholson offers residents these tips to help preserve the quality of water in the community:

  1. Know what you are putting down the drain – Be aware of what goes down the drain and how it affects the water supply. Medications, detergents, creams, lotions and soaps all end up in the water supply. Consider switching to environmentally-friendly and non-toxic household cleaners and personal care items.
  2. Properly dispose of hazardous chemicals – Motor oil, pool chemicals, insecticides and prescriptions should be properly disposed of to ensure they do not end up in the local water supply.
  3. Manage stormwater runoff – The No. 1 cause of water pollution in the United States is stormwater Rain or snowmelt collects everything from dirt and bacteria to chemicals as it runs into the storm drains. These drains then deposit the untreated water into the local rivers, lakes and streams.
  4. Pick up trash and pet waste – Ensure the trash is always placed in the garbage can or recycle bin. Put pet waste in the garbage or flush it down the toilet. Scooping up pet waste keeps the bacteria from running into storm drains and water supplies. The best thing you can do is tie it in a recycled-plastic pet-waste bag and throw it in the trash.
  5. Do not overwater the lawn – Overwatering can increase the flow of fertilizers deep into soils and eventually groundwater supplies, which are an important drinking water source. Walk on the grass to determine if it needs water; if your footprints remain, it is time to water.
  6. Have the water quality inspected – Many Framingham residents rely on private wells for their water source. Unlike public water systems which are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), private wells are not. Residents that use private wells need to take special precautions to ensure the water that enters their home is safe for their families. Homeowners that are concerned about the safety of their water should contact a professional to test the water. Once the water is tested, and any contaminants are identified, the expert can recommend a water treatment system to improve the water quality and provide peace of mind. There are many options for water filtration systems that range from whole home systems to a simple point of use system that can be easily installed under the kitchen sink. A filtration system will not only improve the safety of your water but also the taste and odor.

Research presented at the American Chemical Society demonstrated that showering leads to greater exposure to toxic chemicals in tap water than drinking the water does. A person can absorb up to 8 glasses of water through the skin during a quick 10-minute shower. Due to this fact, it is imperative that water that enters the home is safe and free from contaminants. The tips above provide an example of what everyone can do to protect and preserve the quality of water in the Framingham area.

For Framingham residents who would like help inspecting and updating their home to prevent these and other common household hazards, the professionals at Nicholson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to assist. To find out more about Nicholson, visit or call 508-893-4258.

About Nicholson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning

Based in Holliston, Massachusetts, Nicholson is a family-owned, full service residential plumbing, heating, and air conditioning company proudly serving all of the MetroWest area and beyond. Nicholson takes an all-encompassing approach to ensure clients reach the highest possible level of comfort, while staying within their budget. Nicholson was recently honored with the 2016 Carrier DCNE Outstanding Performance Award. The company offers a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee and Solid Warranty. Nicholson is an Angie’s List “Super Service Award” recipient. For more information, visit Nicholson at