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4 Negative Effects Of Water Contamination


Nowadays, the planet keeps reminding humanity that clean water is synonymous with life through the continuous instances of extreme droughts. After all, water is an essential resource on which all living beings depend to survive.

Plants need water to grow and multiply. Animals require water to quench their thirst and survive. Humans rely on water for their daily needs and to make certain luxuries obtainable like pools and even electricity.

It’s sad that people can’t seem to understand the severity of the consequences of water contamination. Even with endless reminders of how vital it is to preserve it, many still don’t care about the importance of water in their lives.

Why Does The World Need To Stop Contaminating Water?

Remember, just because there’s water doesn’t mean everything’s okay. Humans just don’t need water; they need clean water.

Unfortunately, humanity has been constantly contaminating water sources through oil spills and excessive waste, to name a few. Their actions made it become one of the biggest challenges the world faces. 

If you want to join the advocacy for having clean water in the future and want to spread the word on how water contamination could be detrimental to everyone in this world, here are the four adverse effects of water contamination.   

1. Hazardous Drinking Water Supplies

Suppose people keep on mindlessly disposing their waste anywhere. The toxic compounds in these wastes are absorbed in the ground and make their way through underground aquifers. And this may become huge trouble for landlocked regions that rely on groundwater.

Of course, contaminated water will be hazardous for anyone who directly consumes it without letting it undergo proper filtering or heating first. This article and many other content on the web elaborate on how contaminations could make drinking water unsafe for everyone.

Consuming contaminated water is like voluntarily drinking poison. It may still be water, but its impurities could pose danger to human health. Billions of people are already suffering from the lack of availability of potable water. Therefore, it is best for everyone to do their part and be mindful of how they dispose of waste.

2. Leading Causes Of Diseases

Did you know that one of the leading causes of deadly diseases is dirty water? Those ailments are predominantly prevalent in countries with no access to clean water as they often have no means to completely purify the water available to them.

While contaminated water may prevent dehydration, it is not always the case. Not to mention that the impurities in it may expose them to severe diseases.

A person who ingests chemical toxins in their water could be at risk of the ailments indicated below:

* Cancer

* Cholera

* Damaged immune systems

* Hormone disruption

* Altered function of the brain

* Malfunction of reproductive systems

* Cardiovascular diseases

* Kidney problems

* Gastrointestinal problems

Meanwhile, contaminated water could expose people who use them for swimming and bathing to the following:

* Respiratory infections

* Hepatitis

* Rashes

* Pink eye

* Skin allergies

* Skin cancer

In simplest terms, contaminated water is toxic for human health.

3. Destruction Of Flora And Fauna

Aside from endangering humans, contaminated water could threaten the lives of plants and animals. After all, they also depend their survival on water.

Animals may not eat anything for days, but they could still survive as long as they have clean water to drink. Without it, they may become desperate and drink unclean water, which may result in health complications caused by toxins or a plethora of other things.

As for plants, they could also be poisoned. Plants often absorb water from the ground where they grow. If the land is filled with contaminants and waste, plants will absorb water together with any nasty substances present in the soil. This may not always kill the plants, but any person or animal that consume those plants risk themselves of getting ill.

4. Death Of Aquatic Life

Suppose that oceans, lakes, and rivers are contaminated with human wastes, oil, and other hazardous materials. Most living things on those bodies of water are at risk of getting poisoned. Aside from the destruction of aquatic life, it can also affect humans who rely on some of them for food.

The Bottom Line

All of the above consequences mentioned will eventually lead to one result: the death of many living things. People who don’t care about the importance of clean water in their lives and do contribute to its contamination will surely be the first ones who will get to experience the adverse effects of their actions.

So, to curtail these hazardous effects of water contamination, everyone must do their part by actively helping with proper waste disposal and using filtration or boiling methods to keep everyone's water safe for drinking and sanitation.



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