Learning - Other | 9-17 yrs

Understanding Water Pollution


As a parent, it is your duty to sensitise your child to issues concerning the environment and suggest measures to take as a global citizen. One of the main environmental issues your child should be aware of is pollution or contamination. Of the various types of pollution, water pollution has a greater impact on the entire biosphere. This is because plants, animals and humans need water which comes from various sources such as lakes, ponds and rivers for their survival.

It is believed that, in India, the discharge of untreated sewage is the most important source of water pollution, with 80% of it directly flowing from the drains into the rivers. In cities like Bengaluru, most of the lakes are so polluted due to industrial waste that they have become completely toxic. In view of the alarming state of our rivers, the government headed by Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi has initiated a project to clean the river Ganga. It is a great start to envision cleaner water bodies.

You can also contribute to protecting the environment by making your children aware very early on of the importance of conserving the environment. As they would be the torchbearers and caretakers of Mother Nature in the coming years, you should teach them not to litter any water body. You can also explain to them how different pollutants contaminate the water bodies, and how saving water is also a way of conservation. According to eschool today, “Use water wisely. Do not keep the tap running when not in use. Also, you can reduce the amount of water you use in washing and bathing. If we all do this, we can significantly prevent water shortage and reduce the amount of dirty water that needs treatment.”

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