Water And Its Effects On Our Lives And The Health Of Our Nation

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The commodification of water throughout history has had substantial impacts the way we live our lives and the health of our nation. Initially effluents from towns, various types of mills, and tanneries were channeled to the nearest waterway to be carried downstream and away from the pollution source. This theory of "dilution is the solution to pollution" worked for a little while but as population grew and the demand for freshwater for humans consumption increased as well Americans learn quickly that this theory was incorrect. The change of heart on this method was highlighted in a court case in New York in 1913. This court case was brought against the village of Moravia where the Board of Education constructed a sewer line from their…show more content…
This was very evident in the report by Henry B Ward where he had highlighted that the conditions of the Hudson River in New York had deteriorated so poorly throughout his life that the banks of the river resembled an open sewer or the stretches of a septic tank [3]. Mr. Ward also stated that the conditions along the Hudson River did not require any chemical testing to confirm the volume of pollution that it was blatantly obvious by the form debris on the bottom as well as with materials floating in the water. Unfortunately this was not a remote situation but was discovered in multiple locations along the Hudson River [4]. These cases initially started out in small isolated areas but due to the increase in population as well as expanding industrial complexes nearly waterways the location and magnitude of pollution grew rapidly. It standing commercial industries of the early 1900s was no more evidence than the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Unfortunately for those living in the Pittsburgh region they were living near, consuming, and/or bathing and what was classified the most polluted waters in the nation if not the entire world at that time. Was interesting to learn is that researchers during this time. Were not always looking out for the best interests of the residents in the areas but looking to protect and help commercial interests instead. This was evident by the
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