Water Quality and Resource Management

by ssand1 on February 8, 2015 - 7:47pm

General water management practices are becoming a prevalent concern as levels of pollution have increased and the global population continues to grow. The lack of inadequate treatment for human wastes and improperly managed industrial and agricultural wastes are the most significant sources of pollution. The High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda has indicated that 2 billion people do not have access to safe water (UN, 2013). The number of people whose right to water is not satisfied is even greater, probably in the order of 3.5 billion (Onda et al., 2012). Around 2 millions of tons of untreated sewage and other effluents are drained into water systems around the globe on a daily basis. Developing a higher priority towards water management will become increasingly crucial overtime. 


Dear ssand1
I thought that your article on water quality management contained a lot of necessary information and you got your point across in a concise manner. However to improve your article I suggest expanding on it including examples. You stated that a lot of untreated sewage as well as other chemicals were drained into water systems on a daily basis, to expand on this you could talk about specific industries so that the reader has something to picture and you can show the problem and solutions, developed in management systems, of water quality management.
For example you could look at the tar sands in Alberta. The tar sands leak a lot of chemicals into the Athabasca River and can effect regions up to 100km away. The chemicals which seep into the water are mostly heavy metals which result in habitat destruction, undrinkable water and mutated river organisms, such as the fish. It has devastated the environment and economy for people who use the river as a source of income. For example, Fort Chipewyan heavily depends on the river for jobs and food. However , because of the release of heavy metals into the river, people of the region have got cancer, are unable to eat the fish, drink the water and are losing habitat for wildlife. In the last 2 years 7-9 people have died from cancer and there is scientific evidence that this was down to the tar sands outputs to the river. The government however have only tried to resolve this by creating safe zones for animals to live in which isn’t chemically altered by the river, but this isn’t enough. As well as denying any issue with the tar sands industry having leaks into the river due to economic greed. I suggest that you pick a few cases to talk about and state how the government are tackling the issue. This website: https://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/waterstewardship/water_quality/qualit... shows a good example of the provinces Manitoba attempt to secure a better water quality management plan. You can split your article up into an introduction, problems associated with water quality management then solutions that some provinces or regions are attempting to adopt and implement.

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