The Prevention of Water Contamination: Mission Impossible?

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Water is one of the most vital components of human life. It is a necessity, a precious resource that humans need to live, that is taken for granted every day. There is no possible way for life to be sustained on Earth without water – it just cannot happen. The human body itself is composed of almost eighty percent water: almost 95 percent of the human brain is water. It is common knowledge that pure water is the best water – for humans, and for plants and animals. Regardless of this piece of knowledge, humans still find ways to disregard the sanctity of pure water and instead, pollute it. The right to water is not officially a human right. However, because “water is a basic need for human development, health, and well-being… it is an…show more content…
“Freshwater accounts for only 3 percent of Earth’s water; the rest is in the oceans” (Weeks 533). As members of the global community, humans need to understand the impact of contaminating and wasting water. Even though it may seem like there is an abundance of water for human use that is definitely not the case.
The introduction of pesticides in farming and radioactive materials in nuclear warfare have ensured catastrophic results in the contamination of water. Throughout the century, there have been numerous incidences in which water has been contaminated in some way. Perhaps one of the most recent and biggest events was the nuclear reactor devastation at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. In March 2011, following a great earthquake in Japan, a tsunami disabled the power supply and the cooling features of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The reactors melted, and have been leaking radioactive materials into the ground ever since. “The company that operates the [Fukushima] plant admitted this [past] summer that tons of contaminated groundwater was leaking into the Pacific Ocean every day” (Fackler and Hiroko 2013). To be more specific, about “300 metric tons of groundwater that has mixed with radioactive material may be flowing out to the sea every day” (Saito 2013). Every single day, chemicals are pouring into the Pacific Ocean – one of the largest bodies of water on Earth. Hundreds of thousands of animals live in
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