The Problem with Water Contamination

1451 WordsJan 30, 20186 Pages
Water contamination is said to be the leading cause for diseases and deaths worldwide. Dirty water is the world’s biggest health risk. Over 1 billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water. 5,000 people die each day due to dirty drinking water. Water pollution may be analyzed through several broad categories of methods: physical, chemical and biological. Many people don’t have the luxury of being able to grab a bottle of water whenever they want because there is so much pollution and chemicals in there water system. When water from rain and melting snow runs off roofs and roads into our rivers, it picks up toxic chemicals, dirt, trash and disease-carrying organisms along the way. Increased water pollution creates breeding grounds for malaria-carrying mosquitoes, killing 1.2 million to 2.7 million people a year. Water Pollution and contamination is responsible for 40% of the world’s population resulting in death each year. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. Approximately 40,000 gallons of chemicals are used per fracturing. Up to 600 chemicals are used for Fracking. Methane concentrations are 17x higher in drinking-water wells near fracturing sites than in normal wells. There have been over 1,000 documented cases of water contamination next to areas of gas drilling as well as cases of sensory, respiratory, and
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