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Water Pollution

Water pollution can significantly impact the environment and your business' reputation. At Metro Rod, we're here to help businesses control trade effluent and dispose of waste correctly.

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Our expert engineers are on hand to support and advise you in the disposal of your trade effluent, ensuring the waste water is disposed of correctly and regular drain maintenance is in place to prevent water pollution.

What is Water Pollution?

Water pollution happens when a body of water such as a sea, lake or river becomes contaminated and that contamination negatively affects the water’s ecosystem, degrading water quality. Water pollution is usually a result of human action, including incorrect disposal of trade effluent.

Water pollution can occur in still, slow or fast-moving water. It can also occur in surface and groundwater and is a significant contributor to environmental damage.

At Metro Rod, we’re here to help businesses ensure they dispose of trade waste correctly, from trade effluent to washing down equipment. Our asset mapping service and pre-planned maintenance services can help you control and manage your water pollution and also ensure that you meet your environmental obligations.

What Are the Main Causes of Water Pollution?

Water Pollution is caused by a body of water becoming contaminated with a pollutant. Pollutants come in many varieties, such as untreated wastewater, oil, trade effluent and pesticides. Pollutants are known to be toxic and harmful to the environment, often causing environmental pH changes, heat changes and changes in salt levels.

The causes of these pollutants entering a body of water are usually a result of human and business activity, such as;

  • Incorrect disposal of trade effluent
  • Oil spills
  • Chemical spills
  • Fertilizer/pesticide run-off
  • Waste dumping – chemical and industrial
  • Incorrect sewage disposal
  • Rapid urban development
  • Ship pollution

Does your business know where its trade effluent and wastewater discharge to? An asset map is an essential tool which can map the drainage layout. Giving you vital information for your business’ pollution prevention and flood prevention plans.

An asset map, along with regular pre-planned maintenance, can keep your site in optimal working order preventing any downtime and emergency call-outs and saving you money.

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What Are the Effects of Water Pollution?

Water Pollution can have many untold effects on the ecosystem around a body of water. Water-borne disease is one of the largest effects of water pollution. The World Health Organisation estimates that two billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water and are forced to expose themselves to cholera, hepatitis A and dysentery because of water pollution.

Water pollution also has a negative effect on both plant and animal life by depleting oxygen and increasing the turbidity or cloudiness of the water. This blocks important light, disrupting plant growth, blocking the gills of some fish species and damaging phytoplankton, which are one of the main producers of oxygen and removers of CO2 from the atmosphere.

Finally, water pollution can directly affect humans by introducing toxins into the food chain. This introduction of toxins is usually a result of fishing in polluted waters or waste water being used in farming livestock and other agriculture.

Once pollutants have entered the watercourse, it’s near impossible to remove them, so it’s vital for businesses to take action and do everything they can to control trade effluent.

How Can Businesses Prevent Water Pollution?

Whether disposing of trade effluent or ensuring surface water isn’t contaminated, prevention is the best solution for businesses. Taking steps now to get the right tools in place reduces the risk of non-compliance and potential fines or imprisonment.

For advice on how Metro Rod can help, contact your local office.

Water Pollution FAQ

What are the different types of Water Pollution?

Water Pollution can be either in surface water or ground water, still or moving water, and from a point or non-point source, and this gives a total of eight different types of water pollution.

Point sources are usually a single easily identifiable cause, such as an oil spill. Non-point sources are more scattered. For example, several pollutants cumulating to have a negative effect on a body of water.

What is Surface Water Pollution?

Surface Water Pollution is pollution which occurs in water which naturally flows on the surface of the earth. This includes rivers, lakes, lagoons, seas and oceans, and it is typically the result of hazardous material making contact with surface water.

What is Ground Water Pollution?

Ground Water Pollution occurs in water that does not flow on the surface of the earth and is below the ground. For example, water within the soil, sand and rock below the surface.