April showers bring May flowers. While we know that water is essential for all living organisms, we often overlook soils role in our water supply. As part of the International Year of Soils campaign, we will dive deeper into the water of the soil throughout the month. Healthy soil normally filters and cleans water, while water that drains through contaminated soil could be contaminated prior to ever arriving in lakes and streams. The effect of soil on our water supply is just one reason why healthy soil is so important.
So what’s the big deal? How are healthy soils critical to water supply? It helps purify the water and air we all consume.
Pollutants such as toxins, viruses, manufacturing oils, and bacteria enter the water system every day. The soil in forests, in wetlands, and along rivers prevents many of these potentially harmful substances from entering the drinkable water supply. In the United States, soils treat wastewater for about 25 percent of the population in rural, suburban, and urban areas. Soil is the largest single wastewater treatment plant.
Learn how soils clean water through physical, chemical, and biological systems in the video below, presented by the Soil Science Society of America. It’s quite the process.
What are you doing to keep our soils healthy? Let us help you come up with a plan to get your soils thriving again.