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Human Development and the Sustainability of Groundwater

Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that is needed for survival and well-being depends either directly or indirectly on the natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, while also helping to fulfill the social and economic requirements of present and future generations.

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If current human development does not change, will groundwater sustainability be affected? Explain your observations.

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Human Impacts on the Sustainability of Groundwater

If current human development does not change, then groundwater sustaninability will be affected because of many human development can lead to threats to the groundwater. Human activity can lead to waste disposal threats, aqriculture threats, urbanization threats, natural contamination, and surface water threats.

One of these threats to groundwater is human intervention and activity. Our effort to filter the soil by using organic chemicals in the groundwater can lead to a negative impact on the groundwater. In fact in 1970, a nationwide study by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency that about "65 percent of private wells tested failed to meet at least one drinking water. " (1) Some of the human developments that can have a negative impact on groundwater are categoried into four groups, including waste disposal, resource extraction, agricultural practices, and urbanization.

Human development and urbanization lead to an accumulation of waste disposals sites and landfills. This accumulation of wastes to the landfill is the most common threat to groundwater contamination. The wastes can eventually lead its way to the groundwater and contaminating the groundwater. Another potential source of groundwater contamination is the septic system. If the septic systems are not installed and maintained properly, then they can lead to ...

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