Latest Trends in Water Quality

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May 16, 2012 — 1,224 views  
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There are many parts of the world suffering from inadequate water supply, but there are still many issues facing people who live in the United States. Though it has one of the largest freshwater supplies on earth, the U.S. needs to carefully plan and protect estuaries and reservoirs to ensure water quality doesn't suffer as industrialization and development continues to progress.

There are three main components that are integral to understanding water quality trends. The chemical composition of water is perhaps the most pressing because liquid tainted with runoff and waste from processing plants is no longer suitable to be drinking water. Physical development can cause the flow of rivers and streams to make access to water very difficult. The biological condition of water is also responsible for determining whether or not it is appropriate for people to drink, since the presence of additional microorganisms or invasive species can make it unpotable.

What's new in water quality is also affected by how different sources of water are used. For instance, commercial zones that largely require water for industrial purposes, such as for coolant in power plants or even to clean things in production facilities, won't need the same level of quality as residential areas that need supplies of drinking water. It's also becoming exceedingly clear the forces affecting water quality go far beyond what have traditionally been noted as pollutants. For instance, particles in the air can find their way into streams and rivers, while soil erosion can cause formerly clean sources to be relocated and travel through unsafe areas.

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