Attention Getter: Video Clip

Attention Getter: Video Clip
Environmental Health:
Water Pollution
Lauren Dobler and Jessica
•Water pollution is contamination of water that causes
negative effects on life and health.
• Water can be contaminated in many ways by sewage,
chemicals, radioactive wastes, and other substances
being accidently spilled or dumped into fresh water.
• Plastic litter is also a major water pollutant, causing
enormous destruction to marine life. It is believed that
annually plastic litter is responsible for the deaths of
more than 100,000 marine mammals, 1 million sea birds
and countless fishes.
•It is believed that water pollution is the leading
worldwide cause of deaths and diseases responsible for
around 15,000 deaths each day.
• About 20% of the world's population lacks access to
safe drinking water and about 50% lacks adequate
• Over 73 different kinds of pesticides have been
found in the groundwater that we eventually use to
• 1.2 trillion gallons of sewage, storm water and
industrial waste are discharged into U.S. waters
every year.
• 40% of America's rivers are too polluted for
fishing, swimming, or aquatic life.
• Even worse are America's lakes—46% are too
polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life.
• Americans use over 2.2 billion pounds of pesticides
every year, which eventually washes into our rivers
and lakes
How to prevent water pollution!
• Do not dump garbage or toxic chemicals
into lakes, streams, rivers, ponds, storm
sewers, or ditches.
•Do not pour toxic chemicals down the
drain or into the toilet. Dispose of them
at hazardous waste collection centers.
•Plant trees and shrubs to discourage
water runoff and soil erosion.
• Support community efforts to clean up
rivers, lakes, and streams, and to
preserve wetlands.
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