The EPA – or Environmental Protection Agency – has a goal of protecting the environment not only for the United States but for the entire world as well. No matter who you are, the environment is a concern for every single one of us, and the importance of the condition of our environment should not be underestimated. From groundwater depletion to the pollution of our oceans, the EPA seeks to eradicate the environmental problems that plague us, but a widespread understanding of such problems is the first and most crucial step. After all, how can we care about something that we do not truly understand?
For these reasons, the EPA seeks to educate the general public about groundwater depletion and groundwater environmental services. We all take our ability to get clean water far too much for granted, assuming it is something that has always been and will always be. In fact, the opposite is true and hundreds of millions of people the world over go everyday without guaranteed access to clean water. Though it can be hard to put into context, less than five percent of the entire source of water on this Earth is fresh water, and only around one percent is considered to be fit for human consumption. We NEED water and, even more than that, we need clean water.
Unfortunately, even here in the United States it is all too common for our sources of water to become polluted through a number of different means. The EPA works to fight against this, but it is all too likely that they will only have success if a universal public understanding is reached and the push for clean water through the EPA and even private sectors becomes much more commonplace. As it stands, our sources of groundwater (the number one source for drinking water here in this country) is all too easily polluted with far too little recourse following such incidents.
Industrial waste, for instance, has been identified by the EPA as one of the major sources of pollutants of our water, particularly of groundwater. This can be attributed to the fact that so much of the industrial waste that is generated in this country – as much as an astonishing seventy percent of it – is directly dumped into various sources of ground water. This can render the source of groundwater in question completely unusable, thus making water all the more inaccessible to the surrounding communities – or else providing them with a water source that is not at the quality that it should be. And this is not an isolated problem in the United States. Of the major industrial plants all around the country, as many as eighty percent of them have been found to have already caused a definable negative impact on the water sources that can be found nearby.
Chemical spills are another source of water pollution in the United States as identified by the EPA, and there are more of them than you might realize. Over the course of just one year, there will be more than fifteen thousand chemical spills in this one country alone. These chemical spills all too often become chemical run off, and run directly into important sources of groundwater.
Fortunately, there are things that the EPA, in partnership with hazardous waste management services and groundwater remediation systems, can do to help. For example, both primary and secondary waste water treatments can help to remove the vast majority of all pollutants – even up to ninety five or even ninety six percent of them. The waste water can them be thoroughly disinfected, making it suitable for use again. This reuse of wastewater is a great way to save water, and it shows that the EPA and other organizations are taking steps to improve and protect the overall quality of the water that we use in our day to day lives. However, preventing the pollution instead of removing it is an even better solution, and will increase the quality and drinkability of our water and our water systems even more.