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Water Pollution

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Water pollution occurs when a body of water is adversely affected due to the addition of large amounts of materials to the water.  When it is unfit for its intended use, water is considered polluted. 

 

Water pollution can cause many problems within and around the home. Common problems often occur with drinking water, pond water and swimming pool water.

 

 

 

Pollution and how it affects water.


If you don't think pollution affects your life or are unsure just how, the best place to start is with your drinking water. Pollution of drinking water causes many deaths and much illness among urban residents all over the world. Particularly in developing countries, urban water supplies are often fouled with wastes, and clean water is scarce.

 

A pall of atmospheric pollution hangs over many big cities, both in developed and developing countries. Sanitation design and use of water often play a major role. Water and Sanitation Urbanization can dramatically increase per capita use of freshwater.

According to WHO, nearly two-thirds of urban populations in developing countries do not have adequate sanitation in that they lack a flush toilet, a sanitary latrine, or a pit that can be covered over. While conditions maybe better in developed countries, if such conditions were to be neglected the results would be a sharp incline in the same diseases now seen across the world.

Water-Related Diseases and Pollution Worldwide, about 2.3 billion people suffer from diseases that are linked to water problems. Water-related diseases kill millions of people each year, prevent millions more from leading healthy lives, and undermine development efforts.

Water-related diseases include diarrheal diseases, schistosomiasis, trachoma, ascariasis, trichuriasis, and hookworm disease . Diarrheal diseases are the major water-borne malady, responsible for 90% of the health problems related to water supply and sanitation. Such sad results can only be averted when the pollution of source waters can be stopped and the water supply then adequately examined and treated accordingly.