Impact of Water Pollution
UNICEF reports that over 70,000 Nigerian children under five die from water-borne infections including diarrhoea owing to polluted drinking water and inadequate sanitation.
Contaminated water spreads illnesses. Water-borne infections include typhoid, cholera, dysentery, etc.
Chemicals, pesticides, lead, nitrates, arsenic, and petrochemicals in water may harm our neurological systems, cause cancer, reproductive and endocrinal damage, baby blue syndrome, etc.
Chemicals in water destroy the ocean and its inhabitants. When we consume fish that ate a dangerous chemical or contaminant, we become sick or die.
When soils become saturated with pollutants and effluents with high suspended and dissolved solids, septic tanks, soak-away, and cesspools create problems. Diseases may spread via groundwater or surface flow from untreated sewage, particularly in this nation where most boreholes are a few meters from soakaways.
Water is becoming the new gold since it costs more to treat it for drinking. Nowadays, a good-brand bottle of water costs more than a soft drink.