How Dirty Water Affects Humans
“Every year 3,575,000 people die from water related diseases. This is equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every hour. Most of these people are children (2.2 million).”
Water is a vital resource and we cannot survive without a constant supply of it. Millions of people worldwide don’t have access to this resource and are dying of thirst and water borne diseases. Freshwater sources around the world are being threatened by water pollution and wasted through poor resource management. As our civilizations develop we continue to produce more and more byproduct which is polluting our drinking water. With government efforts in creation of clean water acts, we have increased the amount of clean drinking water but cannot work fast enough. Factories are still finding a way to dump toxic chemicals and waste into the ocean without being seen.
Sources of Pollution
These are the 8 main sources of water pollution:
- Release of untreated sewage from households and factories.
- Factories dumping chemicals.
- Agricultural run-off that makes its way into rivers, streams, and groundwater sources.
- The rising use of synthetic organic substances.
- Oil spills.
- Acid rain caused by the burning of fossil fuels.
- Human littering in rivers, oceans, lakes and other bodies of water. Harmful litter includes plastics, aluminum, glass and styrofoam.
How it Affects Humans
Infectious diseases are spread through contaminated water. Diseases like Typhoid, Cholera, Paratyphoid Fever, Dysentery, Jaundice, Amoebiasis and Malaria, have terrible effects on the human body. These are just a few of the chemicals in our water that also have negative effects on our health.
Pesticides contain carbonates and organophosphates that damage the nervous system and cause cancer. Chlorides can cause reproductive and endocrine damage.
Nitrates are especially dangerous to babies that drink formula milk. Exposure to nitrates
restricts the amount of oxygen in the brain and cause the “blue baby” syndrome.
Lead can accumulate in the body and damage the central nervous system.
Arsenic causes liver damage, skin cancer and vascular diseases.
Fluoride in excessive amounts can make your teeth yellow and cause damage to the spinal cord.
Petrochemicals even with very low exposure, can cause cancer.
What To Do
Water pollution has become a threat to humans but it is something that can be controlled and prevented. Each household can do their part by making sure they are throwing out garbage the right way, not disposing of paint or chemicals in water supplies. If you see someone littering or dumping into the ocean, report it to authorities. Raise awareness by educating your children and your community. Lastly, make sure the water you are consuming is clean and pure. The easiest way to do this is by investing in a water purification system for you home. Not sure where or what system to buy? Superior offers free home water evaluations to determine exactly what is in your water and what type of system you will need. Contact us at (303) 800-2410 or visit us online to get clean water today.