Water Pollution

Filed Under (Water Pollution) by admin on 10-06-2010

In addition to clean air, all living organisms, animals and plants call for a clean water supply in order to continue to exist. We may think that we contain lots of water but merely a small amount of it is fresh water that we can use and day by day we are polluting our water in the same way we are polluting our air.

When harmful substances such as oil and chemical wastes come in the waterways either through accidents or through being deliberately dumped, they are soon carried away by tides or the flow of the river and are really not easy to remove. As a river makes its way to the ocean, a number of different chemicals can enter its waters. Harmful chemicals can enter our rivers and lakes from any number of sources. For example they can dribble out of dumpsites or pesticides and fertilizers or may draw off from farmlands or they may find their way into manure that is pumped from local towns and cities.

One of the most destructive forms of water pollution is from oil. Oil spills from ships and oil tankers at sea cause overwhelming water pollution and harm flora and fauna. These events receive lots of attention on television and from ecological groups that work towards shielding our mother earth. However these spills only correspond to a small percentage of the total amount of oil that contaminates our water. Tankers dump oil into oceans as part of their custom cleaning, refineries pump oily wastewater into surface water and oil from city streets are washed into storm drains that sooner or later enter our waterways.

When people rinse materials down the drain, flush their toilets or do a load of wash, the wastewater usually goes to sewage treatment plants to be purified. These plants will then remove dirt, eco-friendly materials such as food waste and a number of other pollutants before the water reach our waterways. However, most treatment plants can’t remove all the chemicals that are used in products such as paint thinners or phosphates that are used in many detergents and these substances end up passing right through the sewage treatment plant untreated. Other sources of water pollution include the grime and garbage from the streets that are washed into storm drains. In most areas these storm drains vacant into underground pipes that will sooner or later dump directly into our lakes, rivers and oceans.

People all over the world have realized the collision of human activities leading to the

dreadful conditions of the natural environment. Numerous attempts are already being made on a local, national and worldwide scale. However a lot more needs to be done by each one of us in achieving our undertaking of environment safeguard.

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