Water Benefits Health.com stated, “Forty percent of America’s rivers are too polluted for fishing, swimming or aquatic life. Much of today’s water is dealing with water pollution. According to lenntech.com “Water pollution is any chemical, physical or biological change in the quality of water that has a harmful effect on any living thing that drinks or uses or lives (in) it” (“What is Water Pollution” 1). Water pollution is not only dangerous to humans but also very dangerous to our ecosystems. Fish, plants, water and other organisms are living in our ecosystems. This type of pollution is not only harming them now, but will continue to harm them in the future.
There are many ways how water pollution is harming our ecosystem, whether it is oil spills, marine dumping, nuclear waste, or atmospheric pollution, it is all harming water. Underground storage leakages play a role, yes, they are useful in many ways, but they are also very harmful. “Over time the steel corrodes and causes leakages, affecting soil and groundwater” (“Underground Storage Leakages” 1). Another major factor of water pollution is marine dumping. Marine dumping is the dumping of litter into the sea (“Marine Dumping” 1). Many people do not really understand how dangerous this can be for them and for the future. According to water-pollution.org “Litter items such as a 6-pack ring packaging can get caught in marine animals and may result in death.” Not only is marine dumping harming animals, but also the atmosphere of the habitat of that animal. For instances, cardboard that is disposed into ecosystems takes two weeks to degrade while aluminum takes 200 years to degrade (“Underground Storage Leakages” 3). Most of the items are disposed into ecosystems for marine dumping take many years to dispose and do harm the ecosystem.
Sewage and wastewater are two very common water pollutants. Water-pollution.org stated, “Sewage disposal is a major problem in developing countries as many people in these areas do not have access to sanitary conditions and clean water.” With not having clean water and disposing the contaminated water back into the ecosystem, not only are we harming the ecosystem, but let alone people. A key point is industrial water pollution, for example oil, “Oil does not dissolve in water, instead it forms a thick layer on the water surface. This can stop marine plants receiving enough light for photosynthesis. It is also harmful for fish and marine birds” (“Industrial Water and Water Pollution” 1). When oil is polluted into the ecosystem it makes living conditions dangerous. All these factors are very harmful to ecosystems and should come to a stop. According to ourwaterourworld.org “studies show that the most commonly used pesticides are the ones most likely to cause water pollution.”
We as humans are capable to detect water pollution through the uses of science labs and running test. There are also live organisms such as fish that are showing signs of water pollution...