Commercial or industrial waste is a significant portion of solid waste.
According to the University of Utah, industries use 4 million pounds of materials in order to provide the average American family with needed products for one year.
Water pollution is when waste, chemicals, or other particles cause a body of water (i.e.
rivers, oceans, lakes) to become harmful to the fish and animals that need the water to survive.
Human Causes of Water Pollution A lot of water pollution comes from human activity.
Some human causes include sewage, pesticides and fertilizers from farms, waste water and chemicals from factories, silt from construction sites, and trash from people littering.Water pollution isn't just a problem for the United States.According to United Nations, 783 million people do not have access to clean water and around 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.Water pollution can also severely affect marine life.For example, sewage causes pathogens to grow, while organic and inorganic compounds in water can change the composition of the precious resource.Effects on the Environment Water pollution can have disastrous effects on the environment.Effects on Health One of the most precious and important commodities for life on planet Earth is clean water.The EPA also states that the United State's most common contaminants are bacteria, mercury, phosphorus and nitrogen.These come from the most common sources of contaminates, that include agricultural runoff, air deposition, water diversions and channelization of streams.Another bad oil spill was the Deepwater Horizon oil spill when an explosion at an oil well caused over 200 million gallons to spill into the Gulf of Mexico.Acid Rain Air pollution can also have a direct effect on water pollution.