Water Pollution And Water Scarcity Essay

1084 Words Jun 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Water is mandatory for all life, but remains neglected and taken for granted despite its importance. Our entire world suffers from water scarcity and pollution, but World Water Vision reports that “the crisis is not about having too little water to satisfy our needs . . . [but] [i]t is a crisis of managing water so [poorly] that billions of people—and the environment—suffer.” Fortunately for the future of our earth, awareness of our water problem is increasing, yet access to safe drinking water and sanitation still causes some citizens to turn a blind eye to conservation efforts. Many people do not realize that water pollution and water scarcity is not only apparent in developing countries, but also in our local areas. By educating myself and taking advantage of simple methods to protect and conserve water, I have been able to establish responsible habits that yield long-term benefits for the both the environment and water conservation efforts. Entire ecosystems are ruined with the presence of water pollution. In lakes, certain waste can stimulate excess plant growth and create an imbalance in the ecosystem. This waste can also reduce the amount of oxygen in the water, thus suffocating fish and causing mass amounts of them to die. Even animals that are dependent on lake water, such as deer, are affected. As the deer drink the polluted water, they digest the same toxins and waste that are present in the lake, thus increasing the risk for disease. If these…

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