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Discussion on Water Sources and Water Pollution

Water is essential to existence of all organisms on Earth. Even though the majority of the Earth's surface is covered in water clean freshwater makes up only 0.02% of the water on Earth. There are legally regulated water quality laws based on its designated purpose. How does changing the water source's designated purpose affect the allowed pollution levels? How do you contribute to water pollution and what concerns do you have about water pollution?

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Let's begin by putting this into our own words, so that it is easier to understand:

"Water is essential to existence of all organisms on Earth." --> means that all living things need water.

"Even though the majority of the Earth's surface is covered in water clean freshwater makes up only 0.02% of the water on Earth." --> most of the earth is covered with water, but only 0.02% of it is clean freshwater (i.e. not salty).

"There are legally regulated water quality laws based on its designated purpose." --> there are laws to prevent pollution of clean freshwater, but those laws change depending on the way the water is going to be used. For example, if the clean freshwater is for drinking or if the water is used to fill a swimming pool or water a garden.

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>>Now let's interpret the questions:

"How does changing the water source's designated purpose affect the allowed pollution levels?" --> If the water's purpose is changed, how would the laws change? That is, how is pollution regulated differently for the different uses of water?

I am going to give some examples of "designated uses" for water. I invite you to think about how much pollution should be allowed in the water for that particular use:

> Drinking water (called ...

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This solution explores the topic of how a water source's designated purpose will affect the amount of pollution that is allowed to enter the water source, according to regulations. This is completed in over 830 words.

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