Not only did toxic waste spills from these CAO farms damage local waterways for up to a hundred miles, but they also killed tens of thousands of fish and other water life, deposited toxic silt in riverbeds that can continually repollute any time the silt is disturbed. Not only did toxic waste spills from these CAO farms damage local waterways for up to a hundred miles, but they also killed tens of thousands of fish and other water life, deposited toxic silt in riverbeds that can continually repollute any time the silt is disturbed, and created seepage into ground- and well water used for human consumption.
A 1995 study in the area found "ammonia-N concentrations up to 300 mg/L and nitrate-N of 3.3 mg/L or less. The EPA's drinking water standard for well water is 10mg/L of nitrate or less, a limit designed to prevent an infant blood disorder known as "blue baby syndrome,' or methemoglobinemia. In the body nitrate is reduced to nitrite, which converts hemoglobinemia to methemoglobin, making red blood cells unable to carry oxygen."
There are endless statistics on the plight of the world's water, and it is a major agenda item for the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the government of most countries, and the political platform of every environmental and humanist organization around. It is also an issue for every human being and for Gaia herself.
We need water; we must start valuing and respecting it before it's too late. But I don't mean to be all doom and gloom. Water does wonders, and there are some truly wonderful waters out there. Even more interesting is that research into the healthy effects of certain water treatments has found no difference in efficacy between spa waters and regular tap water. All is not lost!
Reference: Hydrosols The Next Aromatherapy : Suzanne Catty
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