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Human beings contribute greatly to the contamination of groundwater and it is becoming a problem. Learn what you can do to avoid groundwater contamination.
Becoming Aware of Groundwater Contamination Every living thing requires water to survive. For some strange reason, it is one of the few elements that each thing needs. Luckily it is so prevalent in our environment. The world’s oceans take up half of the land space available. On top of that, you can find water in rain, the rivers and more often not, the groundwater underneath nearly every landscape. This wide network of water allows living things to flourish in places as miserably hot as the desert. Some of the world’s driest places can still provide sustenance for the plants and animals that choose to live there. Granted, an entire community of said plants and animals would be harder to sustain, but the survival of just a few is not only possible, but happening. Groundwater Contamination There are certain elements that are involved with the contamination of groundwater, making it completely unusable. Some are natural and some are manmade. The natural ones are almost completely unavoidable. They will seep into our water supply without our knowledge. That is why we generally put our drinkable water through a filter. We get rid of the bad stuff in favor of good health. Some of these elements include magnesium, calcium and chlorides. They are a constant additive in connection with the contamination of groundwater The elements are not usually enough to seriously harm the plants and animals who subsist off of it. Humans need to remove it to allow for a healthier lifestyle. Manmade Contamination The manmade ones are of a wider variety. We use pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides to create some of the best produce on the planet. All of these things either make the plants grow strong and tall or protect them from being eaten by other animals and insects. The chemicals have their effect on the fruit, but they also seep into nature, and are a source of contamination of groundwater. The runoff of chemicals into drainage systems act as a direct pathway for chemicals to contaminate the life sustaining substance below. Another source of contamination of groundwater comes from industrial areas. Manufacturing industries require water to cool down large machines and clean dirty equipment. Once the water is used, where do you think it goes? Directly into the ground through a drain. What else would you do with water? Don’t Just Dump It Today’s society is used to using and disposing things, especially once they are filthy. Even water can get gross enough that we do not want to keep it around. If you dump it out though, it has nowhere to go but into the ground. As it soaks into the dirt, it can take chemicals directly to underground streams and deposits, hurting the growth of the environment a little bit at a time. Knowing about the sources of contamination of groundwater is the first step to helping improve the situation. Who filters Mother Nature’s water? How will they get the access to clean water they need to survive? You don’t see badgers out there boiling water before they drink it. Nor will you find a tree pulling out a Britta filter and scooping water into it before soaking it through its roots. You have a responsibility to be aware of how you contaminate the water supply, and minimize that effect as best as possible.
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