Stop Water Pollution
Help Stop Water Pollution
In today's world there are many individual's and organizations doing their best to inform the public on how important it is to stop water pollution. Though many people are beginning to understand the reasons and doing what they can to help, the majority of individuals still do not understand how water pollution could really affect them. We hope this article will help answer this question.
The human body can live only a very few days without safe and disease free drinking water. Even though people who live in countries that have large water supplies seldom think about it, water is the most precious liquid on the face of the earth. Without it man could not survive.
Many people think because there is so much water on our planet a water shortage could never happen. However, here are a couple of pieces of information they may not be aware of.
Water covers around 70 percent of the earth. Right? The only problem is 97 percent of it is undrinkable because of the salt content and another 2% is taken up in glaciers and polar caps. That means only 1% of the earth's water is drinkable and the population is constantly growing. There are already countries where people are actually dying because there either isn't enough water or much of what they have is polluted. With these things in mind you may better understand why everyone should do all they can to stop water pollution; if not for themselves then for their descendents.
Most types of pollution only affect the immediate area, but at times pollution can affect the environments hundreds of miles away. Though if it is strong enough it is possible, water pollution usually does not affect the body right away but has long term affects which can be devastating. Here are only two health issues that happen often and will continue to happen if we do not stop water pollution.
1 – Heavy metals and industrial waste can accumulate in rivers, lakes and even the ground and cause a number of health problems including birth defects, reproductive failure and even acute poisoning if contaminated fish or shellfish are consumed. There are also many forms of water pollution that cause cancer.
2 - Microscopic pollutants from sewage can result in many infectious diseases. This is especially a problem in undeveloped countries where the result can be serious health problems such as cholera, typhoid fever and a high rate of infant mortality.
Many people do nothing to try and stop water pollution because they feel they would really not have much of an effect on it. However, if individuals all over the world would do their small part their combined efforts would really make a difference.
You may be wondering what you can do on a personal basis. This is not a full list but here are a few things you may want to do to help stop water pollution on a personal basis.
1 – Put left over household cleaning products such as paints, oils, and polishes in a plastic bag and take to a landfill or recycling center.
2 – When at the beach or lake take a few minutes to pick up trash and put in the appropriate containers so it doesn't end up getting blown or washed into the water.
3 – Never pour cooking oils or other pollutants down your drain.
4 – Never dispose of non biodegradable material such as tampons or sanitary napkins in the toilet.
5 – If at all possible use organic fertilizer on your lawn and do not over water so there is runoff down the street into sewer systems.
6 – If you know of a company that is polluting the environment let the proper authorities know.
Though a large portion of our website contains information on how to acquire water and make polluted water drinkable in an emergency situation, we do put other articles on our site concerning the topics of water in general. We do hope anyone reading this article will try and do their small part to help stop water pollution to keep our water as safe and pure as possible for future generations.