Water Pollution In China

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Planet earth is made up of over two-thirds of water and less than one-third of land. Having contaminated water, exposes us to significant health risks. Water pollution is caused by several different human activities that result in toxins, chemicals and waste in our water supply. A 1969 United Nations report defined ocean pollution as: "the introduction by man, directly or indirectly, of substances or energy into the marine environment (including estuaries) resulting in such deleterious effects as harm to living resources, hazards to human health, hindrance to marine activities, including fishing, impairment of quality for use of sea water and reduction of amenities."
There are several types of water pollutants; one category is the microbiological,
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Fecal pollution threatens the quality of water and is spread by hospitals, slaughterhouses, livestock farms… The increasing pollution in water threatens its quality and quantity and the process to treat water results in an increase of water pricing. Exposure to fecal contaminated water can result in several diseases.
To investigate the polluted regions, a test was conducted by sampling 67 sites of Honghe River of china. The study was conducted to evaluate water quality based on the Honghe River located in Eastern China and was done within 15 days. The results of the experiment showed the water was exposed to many pollutants. According to the results of the research article by Plos, “among the 67 monitored sites, 18 were heavily polluted. Seven of the sites were medium polluted and 19 sites were slightly polluted. Only 5 monitored sites resulted in non polluted
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Inorganic mercury is a result of many industrial processes and has caused fish to be dangerous from a high level of mercury to kids and pregnant women. Phosphorous runoff is also produced by industries and can get into waterways, which has led to shellfish poisoning in humans. All of these pollutants have been found in water bodies and might be the biggest threat to the public’s health by water.
Water pollution affects other species and their environment just as much. When contamination raises the water temperature it sometimes forces fish and other organisms to relocate. Contamination in the water is highly dangerous for the lives depending in these water bodies; it harms the organisms and can disrupt food chains. Water pollution threatens aquatic life and increases the amount of air pollution by

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