Water Pollution and How You Can Reduce It

Water dropIt’s a known fact that about 70% of the Earth is covered with water. And people have managed to pollute these waters with waste, making the wastewater clarifiers of treatment facilities work doubly hard.

In China, more than 70% of their lakes and rivers are polluted and about half is not fit for human contact or consumption. In America, 40% of their lakes are unfit for aquatic life or swimming. The extent of how people have contributed to this pollution is unbelievable.

Where It All Comes From

Most of the waste that goes into the ocean comes from industrial sites, sewage systems, oil spills, oil leaks, chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and human trash that has accumulated over the years.

As all living things need water to survive, polluting it has drastic effects. All the causes mentioned above (and more) affect animals, as they could ingest poison from the water. It affects plants too, as they choke on the pollutants in the water. Of course, it also affects humans since the food we consume — such as fish, seaweed, and other types of seafood — comes from these waters.

Earth’s oceans are now filled with oil that never really washes away. The plastic materials that are also thrown into the sea are poisoning marine animals and contaminating the water with chemicals. You need to do something quick.

What You Can Do

There are things you can do to make a difference (no matter how small) in reducing the water pollution in your area. Here are some examples:

• Be mindful of what you throw down the drain.

• Avoid flushing chemicals, fat, and non-biodegradable materials down the sink and toilet.

• Use laundry detergents, dishwashing soap, and bath products that are safe for the environment.

• Don’t use chemical fertilizers.

• Make your own compost pit for all your organic trash.

If you do any these, influence a friend to do the same and tell them to influence others too. These little deeds can reduce water pollution in your area significantly. You’ll never know how much impact your small efforts can add up if you don’t start today.