Friday, 12 April 2013

News Article: Water Scarcity- By Lim Kay Ray

Although 70% of our planet is covered by water, we must not waste it or misuse it as only 3% of that is freshwater- the water we drink and bathe in. The rest are unconsumable. This results in 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to clean water, and 2.7 billion find water scarce for at least a month for the year. Water pollution comes from many causes, such as pesticides and fertilizers that is washed away from farms, untreated human wastewater and industrial waste. This water if consumed can be fatal to humans and plants. Due to pollution growth, agricultural use of water is scarce as they need water to grow crops.

I think that as water covers 70% of our planet, many tend to think that it is plentiful. They should not waste water or pollute it as this fresh water that they use to drink and bathe in may be scarce for other countries around the world such as India and Indonesia. Farmlands should change to hydroponics farming as in hydroponics farming, the amount of pesticides and fertilizers used is greatly reduced, resulting in a great difference in cleanliness of the waters nearby as the pesticides and fertilizers would not be washed in. Industrial estates should also put their waste through a filter so that it would not pollute the air and water. Water is precious and not all have access to fresh drinking water.

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