Day: June 26, 2018

How recent residential developments have caused river pollution

Previously rivers were not only the epitome of nature but also of human life. However, the same cannot be said at present. The number of rivers that are being polluted is rapidly increasing and one of the major causes that have contributed to river pollution is the recent developments made in the residential sector.

Rivers are so polluted nowadays that not only they are unfit for drinking purposes but also affect the marine life and make certain outdoor activities impossible to be carried out, for example, rafting, boating, or kayaking. Check out some of the support accessories that might allow you to kayak across these rivers despite pollution, such as these here at So how do residential developments affect rivers?

Although residential developments are paving way for a new future, it is creating a future where water pollution, water scarcity, and extinction of marine life are the side effects. Here is how it is done.

  1. Paving new roads in the name of residential developments are eating into the river banks, which is slowly eroding the soil supporting the river banks.
  2. Moreover, road construction tends to displace natural habitats of the surrounding wildlife, flora, and fauna.
  3. Additionally, accidental spillages of oil, tar, mortar, and other construction chemicals or waste into the rivers will not only make the quality of the river water poisonous but it also affects the marine life to a great extent.
  4. Further, inhabitation provokes people to knowingly dispose waste into the surrounding rivers thus polluting the river to a great extent and choking the marine life beneath it.
  5. At times in situations where the drainage system is not proper, sewage from nearby houses gets dumped into the rivers, thus polluting it to a great extent.
  6. Moreover, the presence of industries nearby will also result in the disposal of untreated sewage and harmful chemicals directly into the rivers, thereby polluting it further.
  7. In addition, the wide use of plastics and other materials that are non-biodegradable also tend to pollute the rivers if these get disposed into the rivers.
  8. Even chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides used in agriculture, farming, and gardening will result in river pollution as these get leeched into the nearby rivers.