In new hampshire water contamination is always an

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In New Hampshire water contamination is always an issue. In Seabrook, NH there were issues when there was an active Greyhound Racing Dog Park. At first one would think… what does greyhounds have to do with water contamination? Well unfortunately when the greyhounds would die, they were being buried near one of the towns drinking water sources. Many cities and towns pull their drinking water from underground aquifers. These aquifers are permeable, meaning things can seep into them. These greyhounds were decomposing, which emits gases and may attract insects etc… These gases, insect fecal matter, and other things can seep into the aquifers and into the drinking supply. Supposedly all the greyhounds were dug up and removed, and they also changed location of the drinking supply.
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That is one of the more rare cases of water contamination that can happen. Usually contamination comes directly from dumping products, using faulty equipment, or old pipes that aren’t safe. One of the biggest concerns in New Hampshire is the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. In a 100% operational status, the power plant should pose no harm to Seabrook’s water supply. However if there was ever even the tiniest of leaks, millions of people would be effected. According to a study Nuclear Plants approximately seventy-five percent of nuclear plants have leaked Tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen that can cause cancer and genetic defects. If the Seabrook plant was to ever have an issue, approximately 4 million people live within 50 miles of the Seabrook plant. Another very large threat to our drinking water is ourselves. When we think about water contamination we usually think of large companies dumping toxic waste into one of our drinking supplies. This is absolutely a very real and horrible threat. However another very real threat, is each one of us. We like to think we do everything we can for the environment, but do we really? Do we dump soda, oil, any chemical other than water outside? Absolutely we are all guilty of it. Now will all those chemicals harm us? Not necessarily, however it’s not always the short term that we are worried about. Prolonged dumping of things like say cooking oil, can drastically harm the environment in multiple ways. It can kill plants, and it can eventually seep back into drinking water supplies. When we talk about the threats, there are also solutions. Now most people get water from a water company that is paid to treat the water. Therefor most people don’t even think about the water they use, how its clean, and why it’s clean. If there are more contaminants in the water, the company has to use more chemicals to treat the water. This can make the water unbalanced(too hard or too soft etc..)and can possibly increase your water bill. So the easiest solution is to NOT pour contaminants out in
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the environment and properly dispose of them(n5). This goes for individuals, small businesses, and large corporations.
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  • Summer '15
  • Water supply, Drinking water, Water crisis, Aquifer

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