OUT OF SIGHT...OUT OF MIND
The Earth is taken for granted. The popular assumption is that until there are “visual” signs of pollution close to inhabitants, they are neither impacted directly, nor need to change behaviors.
Humans are leisurely destroying our environment and physically harming themselves through the affected air they breathe and the water they use, drink and bathe in. People do not realize that the earth is as delicate as a human body and that malnutrition and mistreatment have the same rapid negative repercussions for both.
Water contamination is the foremost example of ecological pollution. Affecting both living organisms and the soil they tread upon, water pollution permeates far beyond contamination sources. Industrial plants, factories and mills are key pollutants of water. Processed water from factories finds its way into wells and groundwater systems; flows into rivers and seas. River waters especially have reached critical levels of contamination due to re-engineered channeling and speed of flow, temperature manipulation, and industrial access and excess on river banks. Dangerous chemicals, carcinogenics and metals cause the death of whole ecosystems, large-scale destruction to individual species and are harming human residents even at a distance.
Highly visible industrial development often comes with less visible but highly destructive effects on local water bodies and surrounding ecosystems. Industrial pollutants are dumped in secret or under cover of environmentally friendly engineering technology or processes which in fact are non-operational. Polluted water is responsible for at least 25 million deaths a year in developing countries, three-fifths being children. In India alone, more than 300 million people do not have safe drinking water. The numbers are growing and the visibility of pollution levels in our water bodies is increasing. There is a consequence for putting stuff where it doesn't belong.
Water pollution can no longer be considered Out of sight…out of mind.