Water Contamination Essay

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Water contamination is a major issue, both to humans and the environment. There are many ethical issues surrounding companies who may contribute to water contamination and those who govern water safety. Water contamination events can cause nationwide concern, such as the drinking water in the city of Flint, Michigan and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico. Water contamination can have disastrous consequences for the human population with effects such as birth defects and non-communicable diseases. According to the textbook, there is a good chance that future wars will be fought over access to water and other resources. This means fresh (non-contaminated) water should be a resource we work hard to preserve before it is …show more content…
The previous water sources had been treated by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. The Flint River was known to be polluted, and soon after, city residents noticed a change for the worse in the water’s color, taste, and odor. The Flint River water that was used was not given corrosion inhibitors and as it turned out contained extremely high levels of lead which can be toxic in such high doses. It quickly became clear the water may be hazardous to human health due to its corrosive properties. This lead contamination can be especially dangerous to children, as it can lead to stunted growth or mental health deficiencies. The untreated water is still unhealthy with high levels of lead to this day, despite a change in the water source back to Lake Huron.
A state of emergency was eventually called on both a state and federal level (by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and United States President Barack Obama). Criminal charges and lawsuits have been filed against government officials and government agency employees. An additional assortment of officials resigned or were fired due to the crisis. There was an unacceptable amount of delay in recognizing the problem and in notifying the public of the severity of the situation. There was not enough
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There was an explosion on April 20, 2010 on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which was leased by BP. The blast led to eleven deaths and consequently caused the oil rig to sink. Almost five million barrels of oil were spilled into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Three months later, the oil spill was capped, but the widespread damage went far beyond that period of time. The disaster affected the physical and mental health of the oil cleanup workers, the marine and coastal wildlife, the overall environment and the ecosystem of the Gulf. The economy of the Gulf Coast area was also damaged due to unusable beaches and the contaminated seafood fisheries previously caught and sold for a

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