Importance Of Water Pollution Essay

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Register to read the introduction… Every day use of water and the impact on the supply needs to be examined for areas of improvement. For example, a hamburger for lunch requires water to raise wheat for the bun, to grow hay and corn to fee the cattle and to process the bread and beef. Together with French fries and a soft drink, the all-American meal uses about 1,500 gallons of water which is enough to fill a small swimming pool. A pair of jeans takes about 1,000 gallons of water to grow the cotton, a shirt around 400 gallons. The steel in a car has in the past required about 32,000 gallons of water, a bicycle 480 gallons. Industries must continue to strive to reduce water use through manufacturing processes that use less water and through recycling of water. Pollution of our lakes and streams are unsightly and no very appealing to swimmers, hikers and campers. Ground water pollution is less visible and more insidious and difficult to clean up than pollution in rivers and lakes. Groundwater pollution most often results from improper disposal of wastes on land fro industrial and household chemicals, garbage in landfills, industrial lagoons, tailings and process wastewater from mines, oil field brine pits, leaking underground oil storage tanks and pipelines, sewage sludge and septic …show more content…
Every household can contribute to the cause outside our homes by watering lawns only when it needs it or watering with a hose can save up to 750 to 1,500 gallons of water per month. A layer of mulch around trees and plants, chunks of bark, peat moss or gravel slows down evaporation and the need to water as often. Cover backyard swimming pools to cut down on evaporation and will also keep your pool cleaner and reduce the need to add chemicals. Fixing leaky faucets and plumbing can save up to 20 gallons per day for every leak stopped. The installation of water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors, running only full loads of laundry, running the dishwasher only when it is full, taking shorter showers, using a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks and not using the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket are simple ways to conserve but can save up to 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of water per

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