Groundwater Contamination Facts
Information is an essential element when it comes to handling a groundwater contamination case. At Miller Stern Lawyers, we want you to have a high level of accurate information when you are dealing with a legal situation of this sort. Contamination can forever change your life, and without having accurate facts, your case can be handled in an improper manner. If you have been affected by contamination, we are here to help.
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Groundwater is the supply of water found below the surface of the earth. With precipitation, aquifers turn the rainwater into groundwater, which is natural and can remain untouched for years before it is put to use. Groundwater is a drinking water source that provides almost all of the world’s drinkable water. It is a fragile resource that is often taken for granted. There are many dangers that can affect and contaminate groundwater.
Contaminants of Groundwater
Hazardous waste must be disposed of in a proper manner. These hazardous substances that are in liquid form can cause long-term or permanent groundwater contamination. Contaminants are often found on the ground’s surface that can damage the quality of the water below. Pollutants that get into the groundwater are not able to quickly dilute or flush out. Groundwater contamination most commonly occurs when polluted water from lakes or rain seeps into the soil. If toxic waste makes contact with the water, the water can become contaminated.
Another source of groundwater contamination is the wrongful use of pesticides. These are vital to agriculture but can be fatal to humans. Many chemicals that are used for industrial and commercial use, such as mercury, benzene, and chromium can be consumed by unknowing victims.
These contaminants can reach an individual who drinks or bathes in the water. A person actually consumes the organism that has polluted the water, which is how the illness occurs. Damages that are caused by contamination of groundwater may take years to be recognized. If you have suffered due to this contamination, you can suffer from birth defects, cancer, leukemia, and even death.
Common Areas for Groundwater Contamination
Groundwater contamination most commonly occurs in areas that have a high population density. Any activity that produces chemicals or waste that can be released into the environment, either by accident or on purpose, has the potential to pollute the water. There are also natural sources of contamination, including in rocks or soils that are caused by sulfates, chlorides, and arsenic.
Another common area for water contamination is septic systems. Chemicals from a landfill can also leach into groundwater. There are many different threatening sources of groundwater contamination. If you or a loved one has been affected by this type of contamination, then it is important to get the legal assistance you need.
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