"Be the solution to water pollution," "Cause a commotion to save our ocean," "Keep the trash in politics — not in our oceans," "Think blue and go green" and "Stop pollution quick, don't make the water sick" are a few examples of slogans against water pollution. Slogans like these are used on websites, in social media and on signs at rallies, among other places.Know More
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stated that only 28 percent of streams have healthy biological communities. Likewise, the escalated use of chemicals along the Mississippi River has caused an increase of the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and nutrient fertilizers later found in the Gulf of Mexico.
The World Health Organization reports that more than 90 percent of the surface water in the United States is polluted and a full 98 percent of the sewage in China goes into the country's rivers without being treated. The organization also reports that 80 percent of all travel diseases are caused by travelers drinking contaminated water.
Organizations like "The Water Project" and others are devoted to ensuring that more people have access to clean water. They do this by raising funds to build wells and educating others about safe water initiatives.Learn more in Pollution
Water pollution can occur via several mechanisms, but the most common causes are dumping industrial waste and sewage into bodies of water, along with the use of toxic substances in agriculture that runs off into rivers. There are also less common causes of water pollution like accidental oil spills.Full Answer >
Information about water pollution is available from a large variety of governmental, nonprofit and commercial sources, such as the National Resources Defense Council, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Geographic. All three sources provide published materials on their websites.Full Answer >
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration divides the causes of water pollution into two categories: point source pollution and non-point source pollution. Point source pollution comes from a single, identifiable source that discharges pollutants directly into a body of water or after undergoing treatment processes. Non-point source pollution comes from multiple locations that are hard to distinguish and travels some distance before entering a water body.Full Answer >
Proper disposal of trash in the home and the community is one way to reduce water pollution. Trash, pet waste and other debris littering streets may eventually flow into lakes and rivers via gutters and storm drains.Full Answer >