Chapter 5-Water: There`s No Substitute

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Chapter 5
Water
Point Source Pollution
• Comes from a specific source
• Can be monitored and controlled by a
permit system
Nonpoint Source Pollution
• Pollution associated with stormwater or
runoff
• Cannot be traced to a direct discharge
point such as a wastewater treatment
facility
Impervious Surface
• Roads, rooftops, parking lots, and other
hard surfaces that do not allow stormwater
to soak into the ground
• Provides a surface for accumulation of
pollutants
• Inhibits recharge of groundwater
Problems with Desalination
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High cost
Death of marine organisms
Brine wastes discharges
Future economics
Privatizing Water
• Neoliberalism
• World Bank and IMF
Can profit-seeking firms deliver?
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