water pollution

By: Erica D. & Zykara L.

ATTENTION

One of our world's biggest problems is Water Pollution.
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What is the problem?

  • Water pollution occurs when our oceans, lakes, rivers, aquifers and groundwater are contaminated.
  • This occurs when substances are directly or indirectly discharged into our water bodies

Causes of water pollution

  1. Sewage and waste water such as: liquid waste
  2. Oil pollution such as: oil spills
  3. Marine dumping such as: blown out trash
  4. Industrial waste such as: farms/ animal waste

Why is it important

  • Water pollution affects our drinking, rivers, lakes, and oceans all over the world
  • Water covers 70% of the Earth's surface and is a very important resource for people and the environment.

What is being done?

  • Large companies are no longer allowed to pump chemicals.
  • Heavy taxes have been imposed.
  • In 1972, the water pollution control act was created, which regulates the discharges of pollutants.

What you can do to help?

  • You can conserve water to prevent water shortages.
  • Don't overuse pesticides to prevent runoffs of material.
  • Be careful of what you throw down the sink or toilet.
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