Solutions To Water Pollution
The Need For Solutions To Water Pollution
The need to find solutions to water pollution increases incrementally with each passing year. We've had about the same amount of available fresh water for centuries, the ebb and flow largely dictated by factors such as global warming and global cooling. At times much of the fresh water on our planet has been in the form of ice, at other times it has been just plain water, but there has always been enough to go around.
The fact is, in our lifetime the amount of available fresh water doesn't change much, but the number of people needing it increases while the amount of good fresh water steadily decreases, as more and more of it becomes polluted. We can either cut back on the population in many areas, a draconian step, or find solutions to water pollution so that a greater percentage of fresh water is again unpolluted fresh water.
The problem is not in any lack of practical solutions. There are a ton of solutions to water pollution. It's mainly a matter of implementing the solutions that are at hand. In some cases it's a pretty straight forward proposition. In other cases we run into problems of indifference, ignorance, cultural practices, or political maneuvering, which stymie the best of intentions.
Everyone Can Help - The good news is that everyone has a role to play, and each one of us can make a difference. We can't singlehandedly stop a factory from dumping contaminants in a river or lake, but if enough people band together, political pressure can often be brought to bear, especially when what is being done in dumping the chemicals violates a law or ordinance.
Solutions to water pollution don't stop at the waters edge, but can go far inland. The timber and mining industries have done their share of polluting, as has the agriculture industry. Some of it is do to ignoring or flouting provisions of clean air and clean water legislation, some of it is accidental, and some of it is due to practices where those involved are simply unaware that what they are doing can cause pollution.
We can do our part on an individual basis. For a start, we can begin looking at groundwater, even if we can't always see it, as something that's almost sacred, and something we shouldn't be messing with. If we grow vegetables we can go the organic route, using plant food that naturally decomposes and becomes part of the soil rather than contaminating it. We can stop littering and encourage others to do the same. There are an awfully lot of things we toss away that can end up as a water pollutant. All you need to do is look at the figures citing the tons of litter scattered about annually in a larger city or a state. When you see the figures you might wonder if any of the water in that region is safe to drink.
Laws Not Enforced - There are plenty of laws in place designed to protect our fresh water supply. Even developing countries, who have not always paid close attention to issues of pollution, are passing legislation to protect their water and other natural resources. One of the problems is that very often these laws are not well enforced, or in some instances never enforced. Whenever legislation is passed in the area of providing solutions to water pollution, there is almost always a time-line established, to give a polluter time to retool or make needed adjustments as painlessly as possible. Unfortunately, these time-lines have a habit of being extended indefinitely and the pollution goes on.
If there is a bright spot, it might well be that globally more and more are becoming concerned about the way we've mismanaged our water supplies in the past, and are finally beginning to worry about water shortages looming in the not too distant future. We only have so much fresh water, and while we have the technology to produce more of it, our only real hope lies in implementing effective solutions to water pollution.