Water Pollution Facts

Knowing Our Environment

WATER POLLUTION FACTS - just a little scary

One big fact we all know about water pollutions is, it is contributing to the destruction of the life of, and the life on, this planet. Regular everyday occurrences contribute to the pollution of our water. Minimal amounts of toxins and contaminants that seep into the waterways contribute to the water pollution. There are many water pollution facts, too many to list.

Here is a list of water pollution facts, not necessarily in the order of toxicity, but very relevant. If we each took notice of one thing on this list it would help.

Domestic detergents - for instance car washing. Car washing should be carried out at a commercial car wash where they have the proper drainage facilities.
Storm drains and rainwater can carry pollutants along the ditches and into the streams and waterways taking with it, garbage and other toxins.
If your septic tank isn’t in proper working order, leakage into the surrounding earth can cause water pollution when it seeps into ditches and waterways. Septic tanks should be pumped frequently, as needed, and checked every five years.
Garden chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers can pollute local streams.
Bleach, commercial cleaners and household cleaners will all pollute. There are natural products and you can find many solutions for cleaning right in your kitchen cupboard with things such as lemons, vinegar and baking soda.
Pet scooping should be done regularly, double bagged and placed in the regular garbage to be taken to the dump.
Compost yard waste, don’t dump it.
Sewage, garbage and oil from boats will pollute. The unnecessary amount of oil that is spilled into the oceans will, after a period of time kill all the marine life.
Proper treatment and disposal of marine sewage and garbage can lessen the water pollution that kills our wildlife. And more control and more severe punishment for those large tanker oil spills.
Auto oil and antifreeze will pollute. Dumped or spilled will be carried along the waterways.

Here we have a few interesting water pollution facts:

40% of America's rivers are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life.
Even worse are America's lakes—46% are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life.
Two-thirds of U.S. estuaries and bays are either moderately or severely degraded from eutrophication (nitrogen and phosphorus pollution).

Everything on this water pollution facts list and more that is not listed, will pollute our water system.

In many places water must be boiled before you can use it for drinking purposes. It is so bad in some areas that you can’t even use it to wash with as it could contaminate your skin. If you think about how obscene that sounds, that you have to buy mountain spring water to get a clean glass of water, or boil it to wash your face, it isn’t encouraging.

Water pollution facts can be frightening when you think about the total destruction, eventually, of the planet. It certainly doesn’t do justice to the health and welfare of the planet or the people. Neither does it give the human race a very good testimonial.