National Water Quality Month on August, 2018: Who tests drinking water?
August, 2018 is National Water Quality Month 2018. Wear the brown with pride. Great new T Shirt for you to show that wastewater IS water.
There are several companies that perform water tests for a fee. Many of them will mail you a kit with instructions and vials that you can fill and return for testing.
As for the local water, your local water company is mandated to perform tests that meet national guidelines for water safety. Water quality changes by region.
One factor that can affect the content of water is the pipes in your house. Old houses usually have iron pipes that can leach trace metals into your water supply, but even newer copper plumbing can leach lead into your water supply because they are soldered with lead.
A reverse osmosis system can be installed that will help to remove most contaminants.
Lastly, if you suspect lead poisoning (or heavy ingestion) contact your Pediatrician. There are many tests that he/she can run to determine any problems.
August is the ONLY calender month without a MAJOR holiday: Why has it never been claimed for any national gala?
The following events are observed calendar month-long in August:
American Adventures Month
American History Essay Contest
National Catfish Month
Black Business Month
Cataract Awareness Month
Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
Children's Vision and Learning Month
Get Ready for Kindergarten Month
Happiness Happens Month
Motorsports Awareness Month
National Immunization Awareness Month
National Inventor's Month
National Panini Month
National Water Quality Month
National Win with Civility Month
Neurosurgery Outreach Month
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
What Will Be Your Legacy Month
How can water pollution effect on the ecosystem?
Water pollution affects plants and organisms living in these bodies of water; and, in almost all cases the effect is damaging either to individual species and populations, but also to the natural biological communities.
.Water pollution is a major problem in the global context. It has been suggested that it is the leading worldwide cause of deaths and diseases, and that it accounts for the deaths of more than 14,000 people daily. An estimated 700 million Indians have no access to a proper toilet, and 1,000 Indian children die of diarrheal sickness every day. Some 90% of China's cities suffer from some degree of water pollution, and nearly 500 million people lack access to safe drinking water. In addition to the acute problems of water pollution in developing countries, industrialized countries continue to struggle with pollution problems as well. In the most recent national report on water quality in the United States, 45 percent of assessed stream miles, 47 percent of assessed lake acres, and 32 percent of assessed bay and estuarine square miles were classified as polluted.
6 Major Effects of Water Pollution
The effects of water pollution are numerous (as seen above). Some water pollution effects are recognized immediately, whereas others don’t show up for months or years. Additional effects of water pollution include:
1) The food chain is damaged. When toxins are in the water, the toxins travel from the water the animals drink to humans when the animals’ meat is eaten.
2) Diseases can spread via polluted water. Infectious diseases such as typhoid and cholera can be contracted from drinking contaminated water. This is called microbial water pollution. The human heart and kidneys can be adversely affected if polluted water is consumed regularly. Other health problems associated with polluted water are poor blood circulation, skin lesions, vomiting, and damage to the nervous system. In fact, the effects of water pollution are said to be the leading cause of death for humans across the globe.
3) Acid rain contains sulfate particles, which can harm fish or plant life in lakes and rivers.
4) Pollutants in the water will alter the overall chemistry of the water, causing changes in acidity, temperature and conductivity. These factors all have an affect on the marine life.
5) Marine food sources are contaminated or eliminated by water pollution.
6) Altered water temperatures (due to human actions) can kill the marine life and affect the delicate ecological balance in bodies of water, especially lakes and rivers.
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