Water contamination is a severe hazard that not only affects the environment but also affects the individuals who drink and consume contaminated water. There are many water purification systems that one can purchase and it is especially important – even for those who live in well-off neighborhoods and communities to consider getting a water purification systems.

You may think that because you live in a well-off neighborhood or country that water pollution is not something you will have to deal with – however, there are many cases where water contamination can affect your water system, and it would prove invaluable for you to consider having a water purification system in handy or just for your everyday use.

6 Little Known Causes And Effects Of Water Pollution

# 1 – Industrial Waste

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Now this can happen almost anywhere. It may not be as uncommon in first world countries as it is in third world countries, but industrial waste is a huge cause of water pollution. Some factories dumped their garbage and their liquid garbage in nearby water beds.

This is not too uncommon, and frighteningly this has been the cause of many water pollution scandals in certain parts of the United States.

# 2 – Sewage and Waste Water

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It is a saddening realization, but in many countries around the world, one of the primary culprits for water contamination and water pollution comes from the idea that the sewage and the waste system are NOT SEPARATED.

This lack of separation, needless to say, is the reason for so much water pollution in those countries along with the major reason for so many sicknesses and illnesses.

# 3 – Mining Activities

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Mining has a tremendous effect on the environment and unearthing certain minerals and elements can easily get transferred over to the water system and from there has been an adverse impact on the water system.

# 4 – Marine Dumping

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This is becoming somewhat of an epidemic. There is enough garbage in the oceans and seas that if combined enough they could form a small little island. The plastic, tins, rubber, and food causes a lot of pollution, as well as death to marine life that would otherwise be able to survive, had there been no garbage.

# 5 – Accidental Oil Leakage

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This is very rare but when it does happen the effects and the devastation hat leads after this is monumental. Oil leaks can be a huge problem not only for the water system but also for the marine life. We know this from the BPD oil spill a few years back and how much press it had gotten; and rightly so.

Oil leakages and spillages are perhaps one of the most destructive actions that can happen in nature due to man’s actions.

# 6 – Chemical Fertilizers and Pesticides

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There is nothing quite like having a lush green looking yard. However many fertilizers and pesticides today are so packed filled with a plethora of chemicals that they do more harm to the longevity of your yard as well as your water system (a whole article can be written around the negative impact that chemical fertilizers and pesticides do to your yard, plants, and food).