March 5, 2011
Did you know that 10,000,000 people die each year just from drinking polluted water? Well, that’s a true fact! There are three main reasons that we need to prevent water pollution. Humans and animals can become poisoned, we are harming our environment, and the last reason is because of the amount of organisms dying. Can you believe that this all happens just because of water pollution?
First, we will focus on humans and animals being poisoned. When humans and animals drink water that is contaminated they can become sick. One of the sicknesses is Typhoid fever. Typhoid fever is the ingestion of water contaminated with feces of an infected person. Hepatitis A virus is a virus that can manifest itself in water. When humans and animals bathe in contaminated water they can become sick from the pollutants in the water. One of the sicknesses is Dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease.) Dracunculiasis is stagnant (or still) water that contains larvae. Do you boil water in order to cook pasta or make vegetables? Well if you do, the water you’re using might be contaminated. A sickness that you can get from food cooked with contaminated water is E. coli Infection. E. coli infection is water with bacteria in it. So imagine having bacteria in your pasta or vegetables, that’s gross! This is one reason we need to try prevent water pollution.
Next, we will focus on how water pollution harms our environment. Oceans, lakes, and etc. can become polluted because of the dirt, chemicals, and other pollutants. When your parents are working in the garden do you see them sprinkling different things on the grass? When you water your lawn, can you see the dirty water run down the driveway or the side walk? If you said yes to these questions you are polluting water. The chemicals that your parents put in the grass are in the water that is running off into the driveway or on the sidewalk. Do you or your parents...
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