16.2 Water Pollution and Its Control

Human beings have been abusing the water-bodies around the world by using them for disposal of all kinds of waste. We tend to believe that water can wash away everything not taking cognizance of the fact that the water bodies are our lifeline as well as that of all other living organisms.

Can you list what all we tend to try and wash away through our rivers and drains? Due to such activities of human kind the ponds, lakes, stream, rivers, estuaries and oceans are becoming polluted in several parts of the world.

Realising the importance of maintaining the cleanliness of the water bodies, the Government of India has passed the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 to safeguard our water resources.

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