It’s hard to imagine that even though we are having a water crisis, the scarcity of water is not the only problem. We have been diligently saving water for a while now, doing everything we can to combat Day Zero, but what if that’s not enough? The focus has, obviously, been on the quantity of water, and yet now that our government has “saved” us from a waterless future (for the moment) we have to ask the question – what about the quality of our water?

We all know about water pollution right? I mean, it’s something we learned about at school, isn’t it? Of course we know about it, we just don’t think about it. We live in a society, unfortunately, where we face many challenges. How far down the list of our priorities is water pollution? Be honest, is it even on the list?

There are so many causes of water pollution, where do we even start. Should we stop the damming of rivers? Don’t we need dams though? What about our use of energy? We need that too. What about mining and agriculture, deforestation and industry, there are so many factors to consider. There are also safer ways to do things.

When it comes to finding solutions to water pollution, we all have a responsibility because we all have an impact on the environment. Sometimes, dealing with water pollution is as simple as not littering. Litter from land is carried into the oceans and beaches. I mean, how hard is it to not litter? Use the rubbish bin or take it home with you.

Educating ourselves on what we can do to protect our environment is something that can only benefit us. There are different types of water pollution, taking the time to know what we’re up against only makes us more aware of what we shouldn’t be doing. Water pollution is something that affects us all, whatever you decide to do.