Water Pollution

What can YOU do to stop its harmful effects?

Water Pollution Causes/Effects

Water Pollution is caused by a variety of different things. This goes from runoff from farms, to trash being thrown into a river, lake, or stream.

While each individual act may not seem like a big deal, water pollution is a big problem. You don't want to drink polluted water, it would make you very sick and could be the cause of many different illnesses ranging from neurological disorders, to reproductive problems. Treating pollutants is very expensive. In a tour of a water treatment plant a manager, McNally, pointed out a 900 pound bag of a chemical being used to disinfect the water. "The chemical alone costs 130,000 a year," He said, as well as, "The plant passes the bill down to the customers." This means that if we pollute our water excessively than we, will be the ones paying the price.

This doesn't have to be how things happen. If we do our job and do small things to help keep our water clean, then nobody will have to pay the price, and our water will stay clean for us to use. Ways for us to do this are simple. Contacting professionals to have them check our water and make sure we have high-quality water in our reservoirs and if necessary help locate you and/or construct a new local water system to help keep everyone using clean water for drinking, bathing, or recreational uses.

Other then that we can do other things such as making sure we don't leave trash out in the open as it could get into a nearby water source and pollute it or contacting local water departments about existing water sources that have become polluted.

Think about it, would you rather take a few minutes to do something to stop water pollution, or leave YOUR water in an unhealthy state for you, your community, your friends, and your family, until somebody else does something for you?

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