Industrial Water Pollutants

Industrial Water Pollution

Industrial water pollution can include chemicals with names that are hard to pronounce like carbon tetrachloride and tetrachloroethylene. But the potential health effects of excessive or long-term exposure that these types of pollutants can have on you are even harder to swallow. Long-term exposure to excessive amounts of these chemicals can cause anaemia, decrease in blood platelets, liver problems and even increased risk of cancer.

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Industrial water pollution and its potential effects on your health as a result of excessive and long-term exposure:

  • Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral. Drinking water containing excessive levels of asbestos may increase risk for benign intestinal polyps.

  • Benzene

Benzene is a chemical that leaches into the water supply from factory runoff, gas storage tanks and landfills. It’s been linked to anaemia, decrease in blood platelets and an increased risk of cancer.

  • Carbon Tetrachloride

Carbon tetrachloride is a chemical discharged from chemical plants and other industrial activities. Ingesting water with excessive levels of carbon tetrachloride can cause liver problems.

  • Ethylbenzene

Ethylbenzene is a chemical discharged from petroleum plants. Excessive exposure to ethylbenzene can cause liver or kidney problems.

  • Monochlorobenzene

Monochlorobenzene is a chemical found in dyestuffs and insecticides. It’s also used as a solvent. Drinking water contaminated with high levels of this chemical can cause liver, kidney and central nervous system damage.

  • MTBE

MTBE is a chemical used to increase the oxygen content of fuel. MTBE can contaminate water supplies by storage tank leaks, pipelines, spills, marine engine emissions and to some extent from deposition.

  • o-Dichlorobenzene

O-Dichlorobenzene is a chemical discharged from chemical factories. Exposure to excessive levels of this chemical in drinking water can cause liver, kidney or circulatory system problems.

  • Tetrachloroethene

Tetrachloroethene is a chemical used primarily in dry-cleaning. It gets into water supplies through emissions. Drinking water contaminated with high levels of this chemical can cause liver, kidney and central nervous system damage.

  • Toluene

Toluene is a chemical discharged from petroleum factories. Exposure to excessive levels of this chemical in drinking water can cause liver, kidney or nervous system problems.

  • Trichloroethene

Trichloroethene is a chemical used mainly as a solvent to remove grease from machine parts.

  • VOCs

VOCs, or Volatile Organic Chemicals, are a group of chemicals used as solvents in many industrial and household products. VOCs can enter the groundwater when they are improperly discarded. The health effects of drinking water containing excess VOC levels vary from headache, nausea and confusion to liver damage and impaired speech.

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