Water is the most valuable natural commodity we have. It is our responsibility to keep the waters clean and without help from individuals, communities, and corporations, water could be undrinkable and dangerous to our bodies and to our environment. Water pollution comes in many shapes and sizes. It could be from the toilet we flush to the way we dispose of our garbage. Currently, we have existing laws that help protect our waters to an extent, but much more needs to be done in order to ensure safe waters for our future generations. Our streets, yards, and our environment are exposed to polluted waters but there are simple solutions to water pollution that can be implemented by even the youngest person.
1) Law Enforcement – There are environmental policies in place based on extensive scientific research. By enforcing the environmental laws we will reduce the amount of water pollution all around the world. It does not require special education or training to enforce environmental policies. The only requirement is the ability to act.
2) Reduce or Eliminate Pesticides and Insecticides – The runoff of the chemicals in these produces are a large contributing reason to the pollution problem. Water runoff carries these chemicals to the nearest sewer system or waterway, leading to contamination and pollution issues.
3) Stop Littering – Littering is not only illegal, it is one of the leading causes of water pollution. Common litter products are plastics. These products have BPA, an endocrine disruptor, which leads to health problems in both male and female.
4) Air pollution leads to water pollution – Air pollution is caused by burning plastics and other compounds, driving excessively, and improper disposal of acids, amongst other things.
As time goes on more and more creative ways of finding solutions to our water pollution problems are being explored and implemented creating a cleaner earth.
Low Impact Development
Communities around the world are finding solutions to water pollution and one of them is low impact development. This development reduces the amount of pollutants that get back into the waterways and water systems in the local community. It combines the utilization of xeriscaping, landscaping, and technology to provide ways for rainfall and water runoff to evaporate back into the atmosphere instead of polluting nearby bodies of water. Development of this sort is being seen all across the country regardless of how big or small the community is.
As low impact development continues to pick up steam, it is important for everyone to get involved in the act of reducing water pollution. It is our responsibility to keep our waters safe for ourselves and future generations to come. Because so much of life depends on clean water, we must remain active and vigilant. Our diligence in keeping our waters pollution-free will net numerous benefits.