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Is water pollution really effecting us in the long run?

My opinion: YES! There are a variety of what we know exist as water pollutants. Everything from pesticide runoff from farms and lawns, byproducts of factories which are released into rivers, and materials released by smokestacks which might be placed into solution during rainstorms and wash into the groundwater. Naturally since there are a variety of pollutants, some being much more hazardous than others, there are levels of dangers depending on the material under discussion.

When you ask about the "long-run," you raise an important issue. Some of the materials might not be toxic in the short term at small amounts. Trouble is that our livers "detoxify" substances which enter our bodies, and frequently these substances accumulate into the liver. For example, alcohol, which is not a water pollutant but can be used as an example of something toxic in the long run to the liver, must be metabolized in our bodies, and over the long run in high amounts can result in cirrhosis of the liver which leads to death.

Given a person's individual makeup they can have different tolerances to chemical pollutants, but over the long run, if the pollutants involved are toxic enough and in high enough concentrations, the results can be bad. Our goal is to continue to prevent sources of pollution and water contaminants; progress is good.


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