Every other week, we read of a new water pollution issue, people often feel sick. But sometimes, because large-scale fish die-off the water pollution increases. It is linked with many other adverse environmental impacts.

Can we turn the tide of growing water pollution around? If it’s left untreated or not managed, it becomes a big problem. Human sources of water degradation include household and industrial waste, agricultural waste, agricultural chemicals, and livestock waste, which all end up in water bodies and cause water pollution.

Water Pollution - An Invisible Creeping Threat In Pakistan
Water Pollution – An Invisible Creeping Threat In Pakistan

Water pollution, if it couldn’t be controlled timely can prove to be a great and big threat and menace to humanity, our planet, and living and non-living organisms. So, an urgent and proactive solution is the need of the hour to get rid of water pollution. Its disastrous impacts on everything and everywhere. It is perceived as an invisible creeping threat in Pakistan.

As a result of insufficient action or planning, approximately 1 in 8 or 650 million people live in polluted areas. Where water quality risks are high due to the elevated levels of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and 1/4th to 1/6th of the world’s population lives in river basins.

Water quality risks are high there due to excessive nitrogen and phosphorous loadings. Levels of agricultural and domestic BOD, nitrogen, and phosphorous are elevated due to unnecessary anthropogenic or man-made activities.

So, we need to prevent the usage of unnecessary man-made activities. Which are contributing to the norm of water pollution in Pakistan. We should take proactive and effective steps to get rid of water pollution in Pakistan

Author: Wardah Malik
Institute: University of the Punjab, Lahore.

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