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Water Pollution in Japan

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Transcript of Water Pollution in Japan

Water Pollution in Japan
By Tara, Sarah, Jenna
and Lizzy

Survey Responses 1-3
Organizations
There are many organizations that work to stop water pollution and help people in third world countries get clean water. One that we found is The Water Project. They've given a new well to a community in Kenya, repaired a well for a community in Kenya. They have also supplied many wells and water pumps for other villages and communities as well!
Where:
The power plant is located north of Tokyo, on the east side of Japan.







It was said that people are not sure whether the polluted water could harm anyone, but they believe that if it would be a health problem it would ‘cause “somewhat elevated” lifetime cancer rates among the local population.
Overview
During this presentation we will inform people about
Where
When
Why
The Affects
and the Statistics of the water pollution situation in Japan.
Volcanoes, storms, and earthquakes cause major changes in water quality and the status of water, but these don't count as forms of pollution. Industries and power plants discharge a variety of pollutants in their waste water including heavy metals, organic toxins, oils, nutrients, and solids.
Our Topic
We chose the topic of water pollution in Japan. This topic had not been chosen in our class and we believe that it is very serious matter in Japan, that is still current.
The Situation
In 2011 an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan and brought devastation to many people. Since then a power plant in Japan has been leaking, which has believed to contaminate the water. More than 1,000 tons of contaminated water spilled into the ocean. Therefore, that is why we chose this topic.
What we learned from Japan's surveys:
Following this earthquake and tsunami that took place in 2011, The Fukushima nuclear plant spilled 1,000 tons of polluted water into the ocean. As contaminated water spills into the ocean, it not only affects the wildlife living in it, it also affects the humans around the ocean. The water is resources for humans, and now that it is contaminated that resource is lost.
Tokyo Electric power Co. said about 120 tons of the water are believed to have breached the tank's inner linings, some of it possibly leaking into the soil. We use soil just as much as water for resources. Plants and food grow by rich soil, and contaminated water in the soil makes is nearly impossible for crops to grow healthy.
We learned that not all of Japan was affected by the earthquake, tsunami, and water pollution. It was only a big issue near the epicenter. It was difficult for us to compare the research and the answers because the results we were given did not relate to our data.
1. Do you drink water (H2O) straight from the faucet or do you have to filter it?
41% of the Japanese students drink water straight from a faucet, with a close 34% of them drinking water from a filter, and 25% drink bottled water.
2. What did the people in your town think of the nuclear power plant leak?
50% of the students said that they thought it was a very scary and nerve racking time.

Survey Questions 4-7
Survey Questions 8-10
3. How close was the nuclear power plant to where you live?
We were wrong when we thought the power
plant was close to them. 90% of the
students agreed it was between
35 to 60 miles away.
4. It is believed that the earthquake and tsunami caused the plant to start leaking. Did the tsunami affect you or people you know, and how?
Most people said that they were not affected, and neither was their family. But one person said "My grandfather,grandmother and cousins live in Fukushima,and they were affected by the earthquake.Their house was bit broken, and things that was in house fell on the floor."

8. About how much water do you drink daily?
The Japenese students said they drink anywhere from less than 1L to 5L.
9. Where does your water come from?






10. If you had a choice between drinking a flavored beverage or water which one would you choose?

4. 94% of the students said that
they don't know anyone that has gotten sick from contaminated water,
6. In your school, how do you get/drink water?
47% of the students use the water fountains at school, 38% bring their own water, and 16% buy water.

7. Do you have or use water fountains in your school?
From this question we learned that they do have water fountains in their school, but similar to here, not everyone uses them.
5. 94% of the students said that
they don't know anyone that has gotten sick from contaminated water, whereas 6% (2 students) know people that have gotten sick.
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