Water pollution is the contamination of water bodies such as lakes, rivers, oceans and groundwater. Almost all water pollution has a negative impact on the organisms and plants living in that water, including humans. A broad category, water pollution is caused by a host of different contaminants, some of which are carcinogens such as Bromate and Arsenic, bacterium such as Legionella, and hazardous metals.
A worldwide problem, water contamination today is reaching epic proportions. In the U.S., 40% of rivers and lakes are considered too polluted to support normal activities such as agriculture and fishing. In China, 80% of rivers are so polluted they cannot sustain aquatic life. In Japan, 30% of groundwater has been contaminated with industrial pollution. Many parts of Europe are now experiencing problems with water pollution, which is having an enormous impact on agriculture and the fishing industry .
In developing countries just entering the industrial age, water pollution presents a serious problem. According to the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), “In developing countries, rivers downstream from major cities are little cleaner than open sewers”. The UNEP also reports that 1.2 billion people worldwide are being negatively affected by polluted water, and that polluted water directly contributes to the death of 15 million children every year.
In recent years, scientists have become aware of the problems involved in the contamination of groundwater. Aquifers move very slowly: once they are polluted, it takes decades, even centuries, for them to cleanse themselves.
The BiAqua approach is the most compelling solution to the challenge of water pollution that is available today.
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