Water Pollution Index
Water is essential for life on Earth, which means that any pollutants or contaminants which find their way into water will soon find their way into the bodies of plants and animals which drink or come into contact with it. Plus, the same applies for people too, which should make even those who do not particularly care about the environment sit up and take notice.
Water pollution can either be direct through the discharging of waste into a body of water such as a lake, river or the sea, or it can be indirect in that it is not deliberately disposed of into a watercourse but finds its way there, the most common route through seeping into the ground and entering groundwater which then flows through to the river or stream.
Contaminated water is one of the most common forms of environmental pollution, not to mention one of the most damaging to the health of living organisms; entering bodies through drinking, contact or uptake from roots. As a result, much legislation exists to try and prevent water pollution, including severe penalties for those who do break the rules or act negligently and pollute the water.
Not only will water pollution be a danger to health and life, but it can also lead to substantial loss of tourism and cost local economies lots of money in lost revenue as visitors stay away. Examples include beaches and coastlines affected by oil spills, and lakes which have had the numbers of fish decimated from water pollution and have put fishing businesses at risk of closure.
Internal Pages Regarding Water Pollution
Please use the links below to read more about the topic of water pollution and environmental health and safety:
- Water and Environmental Training
- Direct and Indirect Water Pollution
- How Can Rain Contribute to Pollution?
- Blocking Watercourses and its Environmental Impact
- Neutralisation of Water to Protect the Environment
- Repairing Leaks, the Environment and Health and Safety
- Water Pollution Prevention for Businesses
- Why Contact the Sewer Provider in the Event of Pollutant Discharge?
- Primary and Secondary Containment for Environmental Health and Safety