Did you know that just 3% of all water on Earth is fresh water? That resource needs to be protected in order to continuing providing the United States with the 400 billion gallons of water used per day for drinking and other services. One of the biggest sources of water is groundwater, which accounts for 95% of U.S. fresh water for around 40% of the population. Groundwater provides water for drinking, bathing, and sanitary needs, but it is also susceptible to pollution from industrial waste and other sources.
Fortunately, there are water treatments that can improve that resource for everyone. Techniques such as groundwater remediation help to clean up water pollution caused by industrial waste. These processes remove pollutants and can dewater certain substances, like sludge.
So how does it work? Sludge dewatering systems are able to remove groundwater from industrial waste, such as that produced by factories, oil companies, or others that produce chemicals. These systems can remove water from solid materials and soil in order to treat and clean it. This helps with conservation efforts around the country.
Why are sludge dewatering systems and other water treatment processes necessary? Consider this: of all the most serious hazardous waste sites in the U.S., over 80% have had some kind of adverse effect on the quality of groundwater in nearby areas. Water treatments are able to remove about 85% to 95% of pollutants from wastewater before it gets disinfected and discharged into waterways by a local authority. That still leaves a 5% to 15% chance of pollutants entering a municipal water supply. Items such as chemicals and pesticides are especially dangerous in drinking water.
What can you do to help out your local ecosystem? Pressure your lawmakers and environmental agencies to go after these producers of industrial waste. And in the event of a spill or other contamination, know that there are processes available that can help the environment.
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