by Kelly Behr
August is water quality month and the folks over at Surfrider have provided some pretty eye-opening facts for us. To get more involved in Surfrider's cause visit surfrider.org.
Water Quality Stats:
20,120 = the number of beach closures and swimming advisories issued in 2012 due to poor water quality
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 12 billion gallons of municipal wastewater effluent is discharged each day to oceans or estuaries.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 23,000-75,000 sanitary sewers overflow per year. Untreated sewage from overflows can contaminate our waters, causing serious water quality problems.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that up to 3.5 million people become ill from contact with raw sewage from sanitary sewer overﬂows each year.
In 2013, Surfrider Foundation’s Blue Water Task Force conducted 3,127 water-quality tests around the country.
The average cost for a Surfrider Foundation Blue Water Task Force water quality test is only $7! (donate today!)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 1.3 trillion gallons of raw sewage are dumped by combined sewer overflows every year.
Myth – If I don’t swallow water, I can’t get sick. Fact – While the primary route of exposure is through swallowing polluted water, eating without showering/washing your hands can cause pathogens to be swallowed. Cuts can become infected if not kept clean and dry. Exposure to polluted water can cause eye ear and sinus infections.
Myth – If the water isn’t brown, then it must be safe. Fact – Pathogens (disease-causing bacteria and viruses) are much too small to be seen by the human eye. Although brown water is an indication of pollution, even clear water can contain pollutants.