Water Pollution and Groundwater Contamination What Can Be Done to Solve These Problems?
Did you know that only a small portion of the Earth’s water is safe for drinking? In fact, only 3% of the water on the planet is fresh water, but it’s under attack from several sources. From chemical waste to pesticides that seep into the groundwater supply, fresh water is being threatened by industrial establishments all over the world.
Approximately 40% of U.S. residents get their drinking water from groundwater, which makes up 95% of fresh water sources in the nation. Because this water is especially vulnerable to contamination, it makes access to fresh water near impossible for some, leaving people to rely on bottled water. This is currently the case in the western United States, especially California, where droughts have increased in severity in the past three years. It’s not just lack of rain that’s causing the decrease in the water supply: the area is also seeing massive amounts of contamination, forcing entire wells to shut down in several cities.
These issues, however, don’t even take into account water in other nations, both industrialized and developing. Because water pollutants are so dangerous and toxic to humans, it’s especially important to focus on remediation efforts. Even though water has become more polluted with chemicals and VOCs over the years, it is actually possible to treat the water and make it drinkable for everyone.
When undergoing water treatment and groundwater remediation techniques, many municipalities and other water supplies may opt for water filters to clean the water. These filters require the correct water filter housings, installations, and other services, which should typically be performed by qualified remediation contractors. Water filter housings keep the new filtration systems safe, so they can be used to provide clean water to towns and cities that have previously dealt with pollution.
So what can the average person like you do in order to combat this pollution? For one, use a home water filter when you can, rather than buying bottled water that comes from drought regions. Additionally, if you know that there are toxic chemical plants, fracking and drilling companies, and other major sources of groundwater contamination in your area, make sure to put the pressure on lawmakers. It may also be worth it to contact your local environmental agencies in order to find out what sort of impact these companies are having on the groundwater in your area and urge them to contact water treatment and remediation contractors to reverse that environmental damage.