Chemical Water Pollution
Industrial and agricultural work involves the use of many different chemicals that can run-off into and pollute water supplies. In addition the impact of drought, climate change and population growth has caused increasing stress on water supplies and further attention from government and regulators as they work towards managing a quality water supply. Chemical water pollution is not always visible to the naked eye and the only way to determine water chemical pollution is by water quality testing.
Chemicals that cause water pollution include:
- Industrial wastes: include lead, mercury, sulphur, Asbestos, nitrates and other harmful chemicals.The toxic chemicals have the capability to change the colour of water, increase the amount of minerals, also known as Eutrophication, change the temperature of water and pose serious hazard to water organisms.
- Mining activities: crushing rock and extracting minerals their raw form releases harmful chemicals that can increase toxic elements when mixed up with water. Mining also emits several metal waste and sulphides by products that are also harmful for water.
- Chemical fertilizers and pesticides:Used by farmers to protect crops from insects and bacterias and are useful for plant growth. However, when these chemicals are mixed with water it can be harmful for plants and animals. Also, when it rains, the chemicals mix with rainwater and flow into rivers which poses serious risk of damage to aquatic animals.
- Leakage from landfill:When it rains, the landfill may leak, polluting underground water with a large variety of contaminants.
Regional Enviroscience combines both on-site and technical expertise to provide practical and cost effective water testing and management solutions for landowners, developers, industry and government that are both cost-effective and environmentally responsible.
Regional Enviroscience can test for a full range elemental and organic chemical contaminants in the assessment of toxicity in a water quality assessment. We also assist with groundwater investigations & impact assessments, remediation and monitoring programs and surface and groundwater monitoring.