The oil water pollution issue grabs a lot of attention when big disasters happen. Almost everyone over the age of 20 is well aware of the results of the Exxon Valdese and the devastating effects of the oil water pollution that resulted.
The ecological effects of oil pollution in the natural waterways have the potential to be absolutely devastating. Waterfowl, aquatic life, and even human water sources can be devastated by even a small oil leak in water. When a large water event happens, the damage takes decades to correct.
Most oil water pollution doesn’t happen in major newsworthy events like Exxon’s mishap. The majority of oil water pollution happens through the average consumer’s actions, whether those actions are based on not being fully aware of the consequences or not caring about the consequences of their actions.
Something as simple as dumping motor oil from the change of oil of a boat or car can cause pollution effects for miles.It takes very little oil to create significant ecological problems. The 3 to 4 quarts of oil that most car engines hold have the potential to pollute more than 100 miles of waterway.
This can cause the death of waterfowl and aquatic life, and even annihilate water foliage that is vital to the natural ecosystem’s health.
The biggest problem with contaminating water with oil or oil based water pollution is that the oil adheres to everything, restricting a bird’s ability to fly, cutting off essential light sources for underwater life, and even suffocating fish as they take oil in through their gills.The devastation can have ecological impacts for years while the natural environment attempts to bounce back.
Car motor oil, boat engine oil, and oil based applications such as teak oil used to beautify the wood on boats can simply continue adding damage on top of more damage as these small infractions continue to add an accumulative power to the oil discharge that is already in the water.
You don’t have to live right next to a waterway to contribute to the oil water pollution problem. Disposing of oil in inappropriate ways seeps into the ground, contaminates drinking water, and can find its way to some of the waterways through rain runoff.
Every single time oil is spilled on the ground, coats our roadways, is dumped overboard or is pumped out through the boat’s bilge, you can be guaranteed that either groundwater or a natural waterway will feel the effects of the action.
A little bit of public education is invariably important in correcting the problem, it will perhaps contibute to solving the effects of water pollution. It is necessary for boat owners to farmers to residential communities to become oil aware.
Every time waste oil is properly disposed of, oil leaks from cars and trucks are fixed, and oil is recycled without spillage, hundreds of miles of waterways and groundwater is saved from the deadly effects that oil water pollution brings to our world.
Contaminated groundwater is a human hazard, and can make tap water highly unsafe to drink or to cook with. The oil water pollution found in groundwater isn’t likely to come pouring out of the faucet in thick black clumps.
Rather it is likely to carry the toxins into the tap and distribute it throughout the body without a great deal of detection until serious illness takes over and becomes arguably a forced recognition in order to improve the health of the contaminated drinking water victims.
Oil water pollution is one of the most damaging environmental concerns of today. The potential for the chronic and morbid destruction is far reaching and ever able to be doubled and tripled on negative effects simply through the daily actions of individuals and small businesses.
It is vital that the public become adequately educated on how their handling of oil and oil based components are likely to damage the world around them, sicken the ecosystem and in some cases even sicken their own family.