Every where you look these days there are dangers to our health, with water pollution being of highest concern, threatening our very existence.
The question remains; Who is responsible for the man made disasters? Unfortunately the truth is a lot harder to bear than you think! Yes, that’s right – You and I must take some of the responsibility. Every time you dispense with your plastic milk bottle you indirectly pollute the sea or landfill site. If you shower with micro abrasive shower gel, you affect the drinking water by introducing tiny plastic beads into the food chain. Maybe you know someone that carelessly empties the spent oil change down the drain.
Of course these seem minor offences when compared to the Corporate misdemeanors and natural disasters, but multiplied millions of times over and we are not so innocent after all.
Let’s take a look at what the main categories of water pollution are.
- Point Source Pollution – One source only
- Non Point Source Pollution – Many Sources
Point Source Pollution
This could include
- Municipal Sewage treatment flowing into the streams, seas and oceans
- Industrial waste
You may recall back in 2004 when the Pacific Ocean had an offshore 9.0 Megaquake better known as a Tsunami which caused waves of up to 10 metres (33ft) causing mass destruction. The most notable of all was the resulting disaster that crippled the Fukushima Atomic Power Station. The power supply was cut and in three days three reactors exploded and another caught fire. Although much has been done to stop the radioactive waste entering into the Pacific Ocean, the containers have proven unsatisfactory leaving contamination in the aquifers harming local residents. The Pacific Ocean since then has seen a massive 91% drop in the fish population and has even left it’s mark on the West Coast of America, Ireland and Scotland.
On the South Coast of Brazil in the Minas Gervais Region, lies a river known as Rio Doce, which literally means Sweet River. In November 2015 an Iron mine was repairing two dams when they both collapsed sending 60 million tonnes of toxic waste 310 miles downstream to the Atlantic Ocean devastating anything in its path.
The water management authorities who tested the sludge found Mercury, Arsenic, Chromium and Manganese at levels far higher than human could endure. The effects of water contamination here has decimated life in the area for generations to come.
At the mouth of the River Doce is the feeding and breeding ground for marine life. Thousands of fish birds and animals have already died, with many more facing a bleak future.
A quarter of a million people had their drinking water turned off, forcing the Brazilian Armed Forces to distribute 440,000 liters of bottled mineral water. It has been suggested that it could be 100 years before the whole of the South East Coast is declared safe again.
Non Point Pollution
- Urban, Agricultural, Industrial and Construction runoff.
- Salt from irrigation or snow clearing practices
- Bacteria from livestock farms
Fracking has been a hot topic for a number of years now, as oil companies search for the earths rich reserves of gas deep in the earths crust.
This type of mining requires millions of gallons of water along with fracking fluid to be forced into Shale rock creating cracks in order to release the natural gas on each fracking operation. The problem with this is those chemicals used are both toxic and carcinogenic, and leave the state of the tap water flammable.
In 2002 Steve Lipsky took pictures and videos of him setting light to his drinking water. The Methane levels were such high levels that accompanied the water it led him to sue the owners of the mining operation Range Resources for $6.5 million as they were responsible for Fracking contamination at the hydraulic fracturing well. Texas and Pennsylvania are the key areas where these operations are more predominant in the US.
The backlash from this bad publicity combined with the drop in oil prices has resulted in many Fracking companies going into liquidation.
As the earth is made up of 75% water, you would think there would be enough for all 7.5 billion people to drink. However, as the oceans and seas make up 97.5%, and much of the remaining 2.5% is ice, we are left with less than 1% for drinking water.
I think we would all agree that since the Good Lord gave us the task of being custodians of this beautiful planet, the human race has done a pretty lousy job of looking after it. Since there have been so many natural and man made disasters so far this century of significant consequence, you would have thought lessons would be learned and tighter safeguards would be put in place to avoid this depletion of earths most vital asset. However, what we find is carbon emissions at the highest level in history, due to forest fires after felling operations, and an increase in Heavy Industrial output resulting in acid rainfall. Add to that the water authorities in 30 countries receiving fluoridation treatment (another highly toxic chemical) and Chemtrails (Aluminum Nitrate) being released from planes, it is no small wonder that many are falling sick.
Thankfully we have environmentalists such as Greenpeace who dared to defy Industrial and Commercial Corporations in the midst of their pollution dumping exercises, and led the way to see Government Policy change as a result of their brave maneuvers.
This is surely a time to be prepared for survival and ensure that we are careful to find the cleanest water possible so we drink water to keep our bodies free of contamination.