Research Paper on Water Pollution

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Comprising over seventy percent of the Earth's surface, water is undeniably the most valuable natural resource. Life on Earth would be non-existent without water because it is essential for everything on our planet to grow. The human body is composed of 50-80% water. Blood and muscles contain significant amounts, and approximately 95% of the brain is water. All body systems and organs need water to function properly, and will shut down without it. Most of the chemical reactions that take place in our body need water as their medium. We can live without food for a few weeks, but can survive only a few days without water. It's essential because unlike other nutrients, water isn't stored in the body. Typically, everyday, we lose around 10 …show more content…
We can, however, minimize or reduce the impact of many potential sources of contamination to groundwater. There are many different sources that contribute to water pollution. Runoffs from lawns, driveways, roads or sidewalks are a major contributor. When an individual fertilizes their yard or sprays insecticide, when it rains those remaining chemicals are then washed away and then find its destination in our local streams. Same principle applies to the agriculture industry. There are many toxins that can be attributed to the farming industry. Some of the more toxic are fertilizers, manure, livestock waste and oil and other chemicals from the equipment. According to an article titled, “Pollution Potential of Livestock Manure”, raw manure is up to 160 times more toxic than raw municipal sewage. This causes great concern for all living creatures. When these toxins enter into our water supply they create nitrite. High levels of these can deplete our water of oxygen, killing the fish and all other aquatic animals. Nitrates as well as other toxins can also soak into the ground and end up in our drinking water resulting in illness or even death. In my opinion, if this matter is not resolved, our beaches and oceans will soon be labeled dump sites. Besides the unattractiveness of the problem on the surface, life inside the ocean is struggling to survive. With no words to speak and no form of communication, our

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