The commitment and increasing sacrifices that our
Families are making every day.
The strength of our Soldiers comes from the
strength of their Families.
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Providing Soldiers and Families a Quality of Life
that is commensurate with their service.
Providing our Families a strong, supportive
environment where they can thrive.
Building a partnership with Army Families that
enhances their strength and resilience.
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and funding existing Family programs and services.
and quality of health care
Soldier and Family housing
excellence in schools, youth services and child care
education and employment opportunities for Family members.
Jan 30, 2012
Preventing water pollution from household hazardous waste
Jan 20, 2011
By Sandy Breaux
502nd Civil Engineers Squadro
“Many home products contain chemical ingredients that can harm people, streams, ponds and rivers,” said Brian Smith, 502nd Air Base Wing environmental element compliance chief.
“Common household products such as oven cleaners, paint and paint removers, automobile fluids, pesticides, solvents and drain cleaners should not be disposed of with regular garbage.
“If this kind of waste is deposited in household garbage, the chemicals can damage landfill liners and, in turn, leak into water-sources,” Smith added. “Proper storage, material substitution, and minimizing the disposal of hazardous products can help protect water quality.”
Smith offers the following tips to help protect our water supply:
• Tightly seal paint cans and store upside-down to allow a seal to form around the lid.
• Store pesticides in a separate, dry area in original, labeled containers.
•Do not flush hazardous items down the drain. This can damage home septic systems or wastewater treatment plants, and pollute surface and ground waters.
• Do not pour hazardous products on the ground or into gutters or storm drains. Storm gutters and storm drainage systems generally lead directly to local streams, rivers and ponds.
• Recycle used oil filters at the AAFES auto service center or the Auto Craft Shop.
• Turn in household hazardous waste on special pickup days regularly scheduled by the installation environmental office.
• Minimize waste by purchasing only the amount necessary for the job at hand.
• Donate usable paint, solvents, automotive fluids, pesticides, fertilizers and cleaning products for reuse.
• Use nontoxic (or less toxic) alternatives when possible.
• As an alternative to toxic chemicals, clean ovens by applying table salt to spills and scrubbing with soda water.
• Make a nontoxic multipurpose cleaner by combining a cup of baking soda with a cup of white vinegar and a cup of ammonia in a gallon of warm water.
• Substitute propylene glycol antifreeze for ethylene glycol.
Do your part to protect our environment, one step at a time. For more information, call the Fort Sam Houston Environmental Hotline at 221-4842.