Water Pollution Pictures - Yenra

Similar Patterns of Ground Water Pollution Found in United States and China

Impact of Oil Spill on Coastal Area
Impact of Oil Spill on Coastal Area: Create an image of a coastal area affected by an oil spill. The beach is covered with thick, black oil, and the water is slick with a rainbow sheen of petroleum. Dead marine life, such as birds and fish, are scattered across the scene, illustrating the immediate environmental impact. A team of emergency responders, wearing protective gear, are in the midst of a cleanup operation, using equipment to remove oil from the water and sand.
Plastic Pollution in Ocean
Plastic Pollution in Ocean: Envision a vast ocean scene where the water is visibly polluted with a wide array of plastic waste - bottles, bags, straws, and microplastics. The clear blue water is marred by these pollutants, and a few marine animals, such as turtles and fish, are seen entangled in the debris or mistaking it for food. In the distance, a small fishing boat with a crew of diverse individuals is navigating through the polluted waters, their expressions one of frustration and helplessness, underlining the widespread impact of plastic pollution on ocean life and livelihoods.
Agricultural Runoff into a Lake
Agricultural Runoff into a Lake: Picture a serene lake that has been impacted by agricultural runoff. The water exhibits signs of eutrophication, with a thick layer of algae covering much of its surface, hinting at an imbalance caused by excess nutrients. In the foreground, a farm with fields of crops can be seen, with a small stream flowing from it into the lake, suggesting the source of the nutrient-rich runoff. A few dead fish are visible along the lake's edge, and birds are seen flying away, symbolizing the disturbance to the ecosystem. A concerned farmer stands at the edge of the field, looking at the lake, reflecting on the environmental impact of agricultural practices.
Urban River Pollution
Urban River Pollution: Visualize a busy urban river scene with murky and littered water. The river flows through a city, with tall buildings on either side. The water surface is cluttered with various kinds of trash – plastic bottles, bags, and other debris. People of different descents and ages are seen on a bridge, some showing expressions of concern and others indifferent, illustrating different public attitudes towards environmental issues. In the background, a small group of volunteers, equipped with nets and bags, are trying to clean up the river, showing a glimmer of hope and action.
Industrial Water Pollution
Industrial Water Pollution: Imagine a scene showing a large industrial plant located beside a river. Dark, polluted water flows from a pipe coming out of the plant, creating a stark contrast with the otherwise natural and clean appearance of the river. Fish and other aquatic life are visibly distressed or floating lifelessly near the discharge. On the riverbank, a group of environmental activists, diverse in age and ethnicity, are holding signs protesting against the pollution, with a backdrop of a gloomy sky, hinting at the somber mood of the scene.

The United States and the People's Republic of China share a common problem : elevated nitrate concentrations in water supplies used for drinking water, according to a recently released report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While elevated concentrations of nitrate in water have been known to cause illness in babies, there is also indirect evidence that they can cause cancer. Because of the increased use of fertilizers worldwide since the 1950s, drinking water derived from aquifers in both countries have seen increased levels of nitrate, a plant nutrient regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act in the U.S. and by the Ministry of Water Resources in China.

"On average, similar levels of nitrate were found in both countries in areas where heavy agricultural use of nitrate fertilizers is common," said the report's author, Joseph Domagalski, a USGS hydrologist. "However, the highest concentrations were measured in China."

This false-color image over Australia, produced using NOAA Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) data, shows where pollution from human industry reduced clouds' particle sizes. Polluted clouds may rain less frequently then unpolluted clouds because the pollutants prevent water droplets from growing large enough to precipitate. Blue areas are cloudless, while purplish-red areas are covered by thick clouds comprised of large droplets. The yellowish-green and orange streaks are clouds comprised of small droplets. These latter clouds are more polluted than the purplish-red clouds and literally pointing to their sources of pollution.

Water PollutionThe Ministry of Water Resources and the USGS agreed to study the ground water quality of a heavily used agricultural region in northern Hebei Province, located southeast of the city of Beijing, and to compare the quality of that water with similar areas in the U.S. The areas studied in the U.S. included the Central Valley of California and the Delmarva Peninsula of Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware.

"Despite the fact that the agricultural land in China has been farmed for a much longer time relative to land farmed in the U.S., the patterns of nitrate contamination are similar," said Domagalski. The reason for this similarity includes the increasing worldwide availability of nitrogen fertilizer since the 1950s as part of the Green Revolution to increase agricultural production worldwide. Heavier use of nitrate fertilizer in China, and well construction techniques that allow for easy infiltration of rainwater or irrigation water, account for some of the higher concentrations there.

A surprising finding was that pesticides were not detected in any of the wells sampled in China. Although it was assumed that similar types of pesticides would be used in both countries, the lower use of these types of chemicals in China probably accounts for the lack of detections in water.

Water PollutionHigh turbidity and vigorous mixing is evident in this SeaWiFS view of the Sea of Azov. The long cloud bank on the western edge of the image throws an equally long shadow on the land and water beneath.

April 30, 2002 - Scottish Water fined 35,000 for water pollution

Scottish Water (successor to West of Scotland Water) pled guilty to three counts of causing sewage effluent to enter streams in East Kilbride and was fined 35,000 today at Hamilton Sheriff Court, by Sheriff Gibson. The case was a result of a report sent to the Procurator Fiscal by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

The Water Authority inherited a problematic sewerage system from its predecessors, which had been causing frequent overflows of untreated sewage effluent into many amenity streams in East Kilbride for several years.

The principal problem was that the town had over 2500 manholes, each of which was shared by a foul sewer and a rainwater drain. When chokes occurred in the foul sewers, this caused the sewage to overflow into the rainwater drains, which quickly conveyed the sewage into the nearest streams.

There had been an ongoing programme to dedual these manholes but it had fallen behind statutory deadlines. SEPA officers took formal samples at several water pollution incidents during April - June 2001 caused by chokes in the foul sewers and reported these incidents to the Procurator Fiscal. Most of the incident locations were features in playparks and public walkways.

Chris Willmott, SEPA Team Leader for the South Lanarkshire area, said "SEPA will not tolerate such abuse of the environment and although the fine is in no way comparable to the severity of the environmental damage caused over a long period of time, it is pleasing to note that Scottish Water have recently committed some 7.3million to the dedualling of the manholes in East Kilbride and that this project is already progressing with due speed."

"SEPA wishes to thank the many concerned people who have suffered the unpleasantness of these pollution incidents and brought them to our attention, so that prompt remedial action and appropriate enforcement action could be taken."