Fresh water is primarily available through ground water. In the United States, 95% of the fresh water supply comes from this source. Furthermore, this source supplies drinking water for 50% of the country’s population. It’s important to note that just three percent of the Earth’s water is fresh, and just one percent can be safely consumed as drinking water.
The Effect of Hazardous Waste on the Water Supply
Chemical spills happen on an annual basis. Roughly 16,000 of these spills are released from trucks, trains, and storage tanks. While there are a variety of situations that result in a chemical spill, they often occur during transfer.
In addition to accidental or negligent chemical spills, industrial waste is often dumped into water bodies. This applies to approximately 70% of the industrial waste that is created within the country. As a result of these actions, the usable water supply is pollut