Preventing Contamination of Groundwater Groundwater is a valuable resource that needs to be protected and taken care of. This resource is one that all people need in order to be happy and healthy.
Assets of Groundwater When most people think of the water that they need to drink every day, they will immediately picture falling rain, or perhaps the runoff from meted glaciers in the mountains. It is just a simple relive way of thinking about the issue that most have. However, the fact of the matter is that most water which is not drawn straight from a lake or reservoir actually comes from wells, sunk into the ground and making use of groundwater. This is where a significant portion of the water can be found in the country. Even in drier places like the West, groundwater flows and is used by the population, which is why some of the Western states are able to support populations. Therefore, this resource is one that is quite precious. It is therefore sobering and saddening to learn that there is sizable contamination of groundwater which has occurred. As citizen populations increase and construction projects ramp up, it is becoming more and more common for groundwater to become contaminated. This poses a danger to those who ingest it, as well as to the environment itself. No matter that the cause of the contamination or its chemical makeup, the fact of the matter is that such an event is going to have a heavy impact on the area where it occurs at. For example, manufacturing plants which make extensive use of chemicals and heavy metals are sometimes responsible for losing containment of these harmful elements. Loss of containment can lead to these elements leeching into the ground, getting caught up in the water table, and then contaminating other areas miles away.
Why We Should Be Worried Water is a very efficient carrier of these elements, and it distributes them quite quickly. The same kinds of problems occur from pesticide usage, power plants not being as careful as they should be, and more. There are many different ways that there can be contamination of groundwater. In fact, listing them off at this time would be a monumental task to complete, such is the extent of the
possibilities. What is certain is that these contaminations are bad for people and the environment. There are higher rates of cancer and birth defects alike when it comes to contamination events. The environment itself may be poised as a result as well, with both plants and animals getting sick and dying due to the pollutants that are to be found in their precious water supply. As such, it is vitally important to voraciously protect this resource, in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of future generations. By demanding better stands and working with companies to clean up areas which have been hit hard by these issues, a better future can hopefully be achieved for all who are involved. Fresh water is the most valuable thing on earth, for without it, there cannot be any way to sustain life.
Published on Jan 24, 2013
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