Why Environmental Water Pollution is a Health Hazard

Water is a natural element that provides life to all living things, from plants to animals and especially human beings. Thus, it is vital that water be consistently available for consumption. It does much more than quench your thirst. It is necessary to regulate body functions, and therefore keep you alive. However, water has evolved over time. From the clear and reflective waters of the rivers, streams, lakes, seas and oceans during the early years of the earth’s birth, water has gradually turned into different a kaleidoscopic, dirty mass that’s almost drowning the earth in pollution. This basically comes from the waste of man. Massive environmental pollution has had such a huge impact on our health, and here’s what you should know about it.

Why Is Water Polluted?

Tracing why our global supply of water is unhealthy and unsafe, leads us to the different kinds of waste. Industrial companies responsible for the production of goods cannot operate without chemicals (toxic agents). Even if a plant is in Iowa, the run off will eventually make its way to the ocean. However, the ocean can only hold so much. Eventually, pollution becomes ubiquitous, whether you’re glancing at a stream, river or ocean. In the US, we are lucky to have purified water, but we are in the extreme minority. Most countries do NOT have access to clean water, but must make do.

What Does That Have to Do With Me?

The body often cannot tolerate the foreign microorganisms found in dirty water. When consumed, intolerable stomach pain, along with vomiting, diarrhea, weakness and dizziness can consume you. Furthermore, children who are raised in environments without clean water will often experience developmental problems. This doesn’t even include the fact that bodily systems can essentially shut down over time. You can also see the effects of pollution on animals and plants that must live in effected areas – they’re often horrendous.

What Can I Do?

A clean supply of water can ensure a healthy life for almost every individual. Thus, it is important to get involved with efforts to make water quality a basic human right. Properly dispose of garbage and waste, as every little bit helps. Next, try to raise awareness and even hold events that raise funds for people without clean water. Even a small donation ($100) can do wonders in a developing country – building wells, providing purifiers, etc. While you’re at it, be sure to take advantage of your access to clean water. Use the tap instead of bottled water, to avoid further pollution. Instead, use a filter!

– By Tyler Taylor

*About the Author: Tyler Taylor writes about environmentalism, finance & travel insurance quotes.

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