Chemical contamination of water

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Other Names:
Chemical water pollutants

Water courses and ground water are contaminated chemically primarily due to industrial and agricultural activities. Industrial effluents and toxic chemical residues that are buried and which seep into water tables are the chief sources of contamination. Agricultural activities, mainly involving pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers, are the cause of contaminated water run-offs brought about by rain or irrigation. Rivers and estuaries from which drinking water is drawn and purified have also to contend with contamination from boat and ship emissions of oil and petrol. Open areas of water may also, on occasion, be contaminated by precipitated particles in rainfall.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 14: Life Below Water
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST