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Water Pollution

Economics' Assignment 6.02 Honors

Haley Christen

on 6 November 2012

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Transcript of Water Pollution

What is Water Pollution? What externalities* does
water pollution raise? How is it Connected
to Poverty? How Can YOU Help? •Automobile oil should be re-used as far as possible. Also, it is important to keep your automobile well maintained in order to prevent leakages of toxic fluids like antifreeze and oil.

•Also, actively conserve water by turning the tap off when you do not need running water, such as while brushing teeth. Apart from preventing water shortages, it lessens the amount of water that needs to be treated.

•Do not use colored bathing bars. They are known to contribute more to water pollution.

•Avoid buying packaged water as far as possible. The best policy to adopt is to carry a bottle of water when you step out of the house. Water pollution is the contamination of water bodies (lakes, rivers, oceans, aquifers, and groundwater). It occurs when pollutants are discharged directly or indirectly into water bodies without adequate treatment to remove harmful components. It affects plants and organisms living in these bodies of water. It contributes to poverty by providing
dirty drinking water and dirty water in
general. •Toxic products like paints, automobile oil, polishes, and cleaning products should be stored and disposed of properly. As a matter of fact, it is better to use non-toxic, products for the house as far as possible. Also, never dispose of such products by throwing them into your toilet or sink.

•Dispose of your trash in a proper manner and try and incorporate the recycling habit as far as possible. Non-degradable products should not be flushed down the toilet, for these can end up damaging the process of sewage treatment, and usually end up as litter on beaches.

•Refrain from throwing litter into streams, lakes, rivers, or seas. If you do spot litter on beaches or in water systems, after ascertaining that it is safe, collect them and dispose them off in any nearby waste disposal system.

•Try using environmentally friendly household products.

•Try using natural fertilizers and pesticides as far as possible, or if not, do not overuse them or over-water gardens and lawns. Continuation of Helping Water Pollution *Externality- the spillover effect of production or consumption for the third party. Economic Costs Social Costs Environmental Costs Fishing and Commercial Extraction's output/volume decreases and lost of revenues.
Recreation facilities decrease in attendance and lose rent values.
Accidents and Spills cause cleanup costs Public health services go up in prices as well as the decrease of life expectancy. Damage to the ecosystem causes the loss in biological diversity and the loss of water regeneration/purification by wetlands.
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