"Super Bacteria" in Rio's Water

By: Olivia Lais

Water for Life

All living humans and animals need water to survive. Although there is a lot of water on Earth, only two percent is freshwater. Also, ten percent is used for drinking and household uses. About 70% of freshwater is used for industrial purposes and growing crops. Water is a huge necessity for life on earth, an average human can only live up to 3 days without water. However, as the population of the Earth increases the demand for water will also increase. Most of Earth's freshwater is either being overused or contaminated. Also, about 1.7 gallons of water are wasted every day just from leaky faucets. Water sources are being polluted by human waste and other harmful chemicals. Burning fossil fuels can also have a major effect on the environment. Chemicals released into the atmosphere can lead to global warming. This causes weather extremes, such as flooding, droughts, and massive storms. Sometimes the droughts will lead to the drying up of of water sources. Some countries are fighting over water sources and the rights to them. If we don’t reduce the amount of water we are using and continue to waste water we will no longer exist.

Dirty Water in Rio

Dirty waters in Rio have made planners and participants nervous about the 2016 summer Olympics. Most of the water on the beaches are unsuitable for swimming and fishing. Only one river treatment has been built and only 34%of sewage has been treated. Rio's government promised to clean the sea before summer Olympics in 2016 or potential threats. Bacteria is known to be hard to get rid of. So only is the bacteria dangerous for the 2016 Olympics but its dangerous to the everyday people who visit. The planner promised to empty 80 percent of bacteria but 87 percent of people say nothing has changed.

Sewage is badly effecting Rio's wildlife and communities

Sailors have to sail around obstacles like tvs and bed frames, also dead animals. The waters state is adding health issues and more and more people are falling ill. Olympic teams are getting very nervous and are grossed out by the water. Its not clear how bacteria came into the rivers and oceans. No bacteria was found around the Carioca river. The first place where the bacteria was found was near homes and hospitals.

Not many solutions

There are many solutions but it is a very slow process and will take a long time. Many garbage boats are being used to scoop up trash little by little but it isn't working. Walls are being built at mouths of rivers to help keep fresh water from being polluted. The sailers will have to just hope that they wont fall sick when at there time at sea. If the sailors get sick they are supposed to drink coke to make the sickness away. Many people don't think the waters will be clean in time for summer Olympics.