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
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
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.