Water is important. In fact, that’s the understatement of the century – water is essential. It’s necessary for health, for life, for the growth of our food as well as the sustainability of our bodies. Without water, we would have nothing. But though the earth is more water than land, only three percent of all water on earth is freshwater. And of that, only around one percent is actually suitable for consumption by humans and other animals. Unfortunately however, many of our water sources have become contaminated and in many places it is becoming harder and harder to get clean water. Without a well thought out remediation plan, this problem is likely to spread and with no remediation plan, more and more people will suffer due to the lack of clean, drinkable, usable water.
There are many reasons for the declining water quality in the United States (and even around the world) and one remediation plan is likely to not be a sufficient groundwater management system alone. One source of water pollution comes from the chemical spills that are all too common throughout the United States. Environmental remediation contractors have realized that many of these spills and subsequent contamination stem from truck accidents involving trucks carrying these hazardous materials, as well as spills originating from train cars as well as storage tanks. It is estimated that there are more than fifteen thousand chemicals spills in just one year in the United States alone. A remediation plan has also become necessary for the disposal of hazardous waste, which, in many cases (as many as seventy percent of them) is simply dumped into surrounding water supplies, contaminating it and, in some cases, going so far as to render it undrinkable.
It is groundwater that is primarily in need of a remediation plan and it is groundwater that is most in danger. After all, groundwater makes up nearly one hundred percent of the freshwater available to at least half of the people in the United States, is their primary source of drinking water, so the contamination of it is dangerous and could even be deadly. Unfortunately, more than seventy five percent of serious hazardous waste sites have impacted the nearby sources of groundwater, contaminating it and affecting the safety of it for human and even animal consumption.
Without water we would not be able to survive, and so it is important that we care for our water sources as best as we can. We need to create a remediation plan for every kind of contamination to our water sources, from hazardous chemical spills to the dumping of industrial hazardous waste products. It is not a problem that will be easily solved, not one with an easy or particularly quick solution, but it is important that we begin to act as soon as possible for the continued survival of the human species as well as the planet at large.