Chemical Water Pollution

Chemical Water Pollution

What Is Industrial and agricultural work involves the use of many different chemicals that can run-off into water and pollute it.   Metals and solvents from industrial work can pollute rivers and lakes. These are poisonous to many forms of aquatic life and may slow...
Suspended Matter

Suspended Matter

What Is Some pollutants do not dissolve in water as their molecules are too big to mix between the water molecules. This material is called particulate matter and can often be a cause of water pollution.   The suspended particles eventually settle and cause a thick...
Microbiological water pollution

Microbiological water pollution

What Is Microbiological water pollution is usually a natural form of water pollution caused by microorganisms. Many types of microorganisms live in water and cause fish, land animals and humans to become ill. Microorganisms such as: Bacteria Viruses Protozoa Serious...
Nutrients and their Effect on Water

Nutrients and their Effect on Water

What Is Nutrients are essential for plant growth and development. Many nutrients are found in wastewater and fertilisers, and these can cause excess weed and algae growth if large concentrations end up in water.   This can contaminate drinking water and clog filters....
Groundwater Pollution

Groundwater Pollution

What Is A lot of the Earth’s water is found underground in soil or under rock structures called aquifers. Humans often use aquifers as a means to obtain drinking water, and build wells to access it. When this water becomes polluted it is called groundwater pollution....
Oxygen Depleting Water Pollution

Oxygen Depleting Water Pollution

What Is Microorganisms that live in water feed on biodegradable substances. When too much biodegradable material is added to water, the number of microorganisms increase and use up the available oxygen. This is called oxygen depletion. When oxygen levels in the water...