Water pollution is something preventable, yet we add to it every single day of our lives. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where it all started, but when asked about pollution, the best possible answer people may give you is the industrial revolution. At that moment in time, oil was being leaked into the oceans, and as time went by, various substances, along with trash and plastic, have been added to the endless piles that can be found in the ocean today.
Apart from the ocean and seas, lakes, rivers, springs, and reservoirs are filled with chemicals, pollutants, and waste, which has all been initiated by mankind himself. If that’s not enough, there are still till this very day, plenty of these substances and waste entering water bodies. Given that there is so little water fit for human consumption on this earth, it’s even more difficult to believe how humans can destroy their precious resources.
The Definition of Water Pollution
Water pollution is an occurrence that is caused by harmful substances, like microorganisms and chemicals, which contaminates a single or various water bodies, altogether degrading the quality of water. This results in a toxic result, which gets put back into the environment.
The main causes of water pollution can be described as a universal solvent. Since water is the one liquid that can dissolve more substance than others, it can also become extremely polluted, which can be detrimental to the environment, humans, and countless species.
With up to 80% of wastewater being put back into the environment, causing rivers, lakes, seas, and oceans to become extremely polluted, it’s important to highlight the situation as one of the biggest problems we are facing today.
If something is not done soon, challenges to deliver adequate water supply to homes will be increased by 2050, which is something all living organisms, besides humans, won’t be able to bear.