Essay on The Importance of Protecting Our Natural Resource- Water

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Water is the most priceless resource on our planet. Billions of gallons flow through our rivers and lakes. Millions of gallons are consumed by humans each day. Our world’s surface is seventy percent water. With so much water around us, how can 1.1 billion people still lack access to clean water (Cooper, Water Shortages)? People are already using fifty four percent of all the freshwater available on this planet (Cooper, Water Shortages). We cannot afford to neglect something so essential to our very survival. We must defend our most important natural resource—water. According to CQ Researcher’s Cooper “More than a billion people around the world lack access to safe drinking water and their numbers are growing”(Water Shortage). Is it …show more content…
Past water shortages have been solved with the effortless addition of a dam, but so many dams have been built that there simply aren’t any rivers left with enough water to block. Dams do create vast amounts of water, but the ill effects often outweigh the benefits (Cooper, Water Shortages).
Water quality has increased in the United States as shown in figure 1.

Figure 1 Although Water quality remains still inadequate. Over forty percent of our nation’s rivers are still too polluted to swim much less drink (Cooper, Water Quality). Today the main pollutant in water is run off. Runoff is when rainwater and snowmelt, polluted with animal waste and toxic chemicals from farms and houses, leaks into rivers and lakes. Toxins that are washed into storm sewers from streets can kill fish directly and harm human beings, one of which chemicals is arsenic. Over fifty six million people in twenty five different states have been carelessly exposed to harmful amounts of arsenic in tap water. Arsenic and other harmful pollutants in the stream create a dead zone as they empty into the sea. This can be shown as the Missouri and Mississippi empty into the Gulf of Mexico. The polluted water creates a dead zone twice as large as the state of New Jersey (Cooper, Water Quality). In the United
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