Stopping Water Pollution

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Stopping Water Pollution: Starting At Home

The earth’s natural resources are one of the most crucial sources of life on the earth. Among all of these naturally abundant resources, none supports more living organisms than the water sources. From springs to ponds to rivers, lakes and oceans, water supports millions of living organisms. However, water pollution is one of the most rampant forms of pollution in the present world.

From oil spills to toxic waste dumping in to the world’s oceans, water pollution contributes to the death of a number of living organisms, with a number of them being rather rare and endangered species. Thus, there is a great need for effective ways that focus on stopping water pollution.

Stopping water pollution begins right from one’s very own home. One can take a stand in protecting the earth’s water resources by ensuring they do their part to avoid polluting these resources. One of the most effective ways to do this is by properly disposing of oil containers used to hold cooking oil. This disposal may be through ensuring the containers are transported to the local land fill. Moreover, liquid dishwashing soap containers should also be treated in the same way. As most people tend to flush oil and dishwasher soap residue down the toilet or drain it away while performing regular cleaning, these residues eventually and up in the water resources further contaminating and endangering the living organisms supported by this ecosystem.

Another way of stopping pollution is through properly disposal of sanitary towels and other biodegradable items. Some people often do not take the time to properly dispose of these items and end up disposing f them through the toilet. These eventually up on the ocean bed as litter, which further contaminate the oceans and other water resources.

Still another effective way of stopping water pollution is through the use of organic and natural fertilizer. Most people who care for their lawns are unaware that the artificial fertilizer they use end up contaminating water resources when they are washed away as run-off during watering or heavy rainfall. These fertilizers have adverse effects on the living organisms that rely on these water resources for their survival.

If one is intent on stopping water pollution, they could take an active stand by contributing to the various ocean and beach clean up programs being conducted in a number of States. When cleaning up the trash found on these beaches, one should remember to take the proper precautions to ensure that they are fully protected against any harmful biological hazards that may be present within the trash. An effective method of ensuring one’s safety is by wearing thick plastic gloves while conducting the exercise.

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