In this blog post, we have compiled a list of twenty-five rivers that are widely regarded as among the most polluted in the world. While determining an exact ranking of these rivers is challenging, these waterways have consistently shown high levels of industrial, agricultural, and sewage pollution.
We will also examine the top twenty-five causes of water pollution, from industrial discharge to road salt, and how they contribute to the contamination of rivers and other water bodies. By highlighting these issues, we hope to raise awareness of the pressing need to address water pollution and promote more sustainable practices.
I also mention twenty-five possible solutions to purify our rivers. Water is essential for life, but unfortunately, many rivers around the world are severely polluted, posing significant health risks to humans and wildlife alike. For many deadly toxins in our rivers and tap water, solutions already exists, but research solutions is urgently needed, especially to solve PFAS, Forever Chemicals, which are a cause of many diseases including cancer.
Top 25 most polluted rivers:
Determining the exact ranking of the world’s most polluted rivers is challenging because pollution levels can fluctuate over time and vary by location. However, here are twenty-five rivers that are widely regarded as among the most polluted:
- Citarum River, Indonesia
- Ganges River, India
- Yangtze River, China
- Mekong River, Southeast Asia
- Niger River, Africa
- Amur River, China and Russia
- Marilao River, Philippines
- Matanza-Riachuelo River, Argentina
- Sarno River, Italy
- Mississippi River, United States
- Yamuna River, India
- Brantas River, Indonesia
- Pasig River, Philippines
- Buriganga River, Bangladesh
- Dnipro River, Ukraine
- Musi River, Indonesia
- Meghna River, Bangladesh
- Salween River, Southeast Asia
- Cauvery River, India
- Indus River, Pakistan
- Han River, South Korea
- Sava River, Southeastern Europe
- Danube River, Europe
- Nile River, Africa
- Tiete River, Brazil
Looking into the causes of pollution of the top 10 most polluted rivers...
Let’s take a closer look at what kinds of pollution are in the top 10 most polluted rivers:
- Citarum River, Indonesia: Considered the world’s most polluted river due to industrial and household waste, agriculture, and textile factories that dump chemicals, heavy metals, and other pollutants into the river.
- Ganges River, India, despite being a holy river, is heavily polluted with sewage, industrial waste, antibiotics, and agricultural runoff.
- Yangtze River, China: The longest river in Asia is polluted by industrial waste, sewage, and agricultural runoff, with more than 25,000 tons of plastic waste flowing into the river every year.
- Mekong River, Southeast Asia: Pollution from agriculture, mining, and industry, along with hydropower development, threatens the health of the river and its ecosystem.
- Niger River, Africa: Heavy pollution from oil extraction and transportation, agriculture, and mining have severely impacted the river’s water quality and ecosystem.
- Amur River, China, and Russia: Heavy industry, mining, and agricultural runoff contribute to water pollution in this transboundary river.
- Marilao River, Philippines: Heavy metal pollution from gold mining and industrial waste has caused high levels of contamination in the river.
- Matanza-Riachuelo River, Argentina: Considered one of the most polluted rivers in South America due to industrial waste, sewage, and chemical pollution.
- Sarno River, Italy: Polluted by industrial and agricultural waste, sewage, and illegal waste dumping, the river is known for its foul smell and black color.
- Mississippi River, United States: The largest river system in North America is heavily polluted with agricultural runoff, sewage, and industrial waste.
Alle these pollutants from various sources, the industrial waste, heavy metals, antibiotics, agricultural chemicals including deadly insecticides and pesticides, etc.. that contaminate rivers worldwide, eventually find their way into our oceans and in the fish that we consume…
Studies have shown that the level of cancer-causing PFAS present in a single fish may exceed the amount of PFAS found in the tap water an individual drinks over the course of an entire year.
Sum up of the top 25 causes of water pollution.
- Industrial discharge: Industrial activities can result in the release of pollutants such as chemicals, heavy metals, and wastewater into water bodies.
- Plastic pollution: The accumulation of plastic debris in waterways can harm aquatic life and ecosystems.
- Personal care products: Chemicals from personal care products, such as shampoos and soaps, can end up in waterways through wastewater.
- Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides: The use of pesticides, herbicides fungicides in agriculture contaminate water.
- Agricultural fertilisers.
- Agricultural animal waste: Animal waste from farms and feedlots can introduce harmful bacteria and pathogens into waterways.
- Household cleaning products: Chemicals from household cleaning products can end up in waterways through wastewater.
- Sewage and wastewater: Untreated sewage and wastewater can introduce harmful pathogens and contaminants into waterways.
- Oil spills: Accidental or deliberate releases of oil into water bodies can have serious environmental consequences.
- Landfills and trash: Poorly managed landfills and illegal dumping can release toxins and contaminants into groundwater and surface water.
- Atmospheric deposition: Air pollution can contribute to water pollution by depositing harmful chemicals and pollutants onto water surfaces.
- Acid rain: Acid rain can lower the pH of water bodies, making them more acidic and harmful to aquatic life.
- Mining activities: Mining can result in the release of toxic substances, such as heavy metals and acid mine drainage, into water bodies.
- Construction activities: Construction sites can contribute to water pollution by releasing sediment, debris, and chemicals into waterways.
- Chemical spills: Accidental or deliberate spills of chemicals can have serious environmental consequences, especially if they occur near water bodies.
- Stormwater runoff: Stormwater runoff can carry pollutants such as oil, chemicals, and sediment into waterways.
- Thermal pollution: The discharge of heated water from power plants or other industrial facilities can negatively impact water quality and harm aquatic ecosystems.
- Marine dumping: The practice of dumping waste and garbage into oceans and other water bodies can cause serious environmental damage.
- Oil and gas extraction: Extraction activities can release toxic chemicals and pollutants into waterways, particularly if there are spills or leaks.
- Fossil fuel combustion: The burning of fossil fuels can release pollutants, such as nitrogen and sulfur oxides, which can contribute to water pollution.
- Mining tailings: The waste materials left over from mining activities can contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals that can leach into water bodies.
- Road salt: The use of road salt to melt ice and snow on roads can result in the release of harmful chemicals into waterways.
- Agricultural irrigation: Irrigation practices can lead to the accumulation of salts and nutrients in waterways, leading to water pollution.
- Shipping and boating activities: The discharge of sewage and bilge water from ships and boats can contribute to water pollution.
- Even though not a pollution… dams and reservoirs can disrupt natural water flow and negatively impact water quality as well as fish qty.
Despite being invisible, water can be polluted by various forms of energy such as radionics, radio waves, and sonar. For instance, sub-marine sonar beacons can disrupt the sonar communication and location of sea mammals, leading to them ending up on the beach.
Water has the ability to absorb all frequencies of electromagnetic fields (EMF), making radio waves including WiFi and telecommunication signals from 4G and 5G potentially harmful to both the structure of water and the information it contains, as well as all forms of life.
Note: As you probably know, almost all of our body, about 99%, is made up of tiny things called water molecules. 🙂
What are 25 ways to solve river pollution?
- Reduce waste generation: Encourage people to reduce waste generation by practicing the three R’s – reduce, reuse, and recycle.
- Proper waste disposal: Proper waste disposal practices should be encouraged, including separation of different types of waste, composting of organic waste, and safe disposal of hazardous waste.
- Implement laws and regulations: Governments should implement laws and regulations to limit pollution from industries and individuals.
- Adopt eco-friendly practices: Encourage eco-friendly practices such as using organic fertilizers, adopting sustainable agriculture, and using biodegradable products.
- Construct wetlands: Constructing wetlands and artificial ponds can help to treat polluted water before it enters the river.
- Use environmentally friendly products: Encourage people to use environmentally friendly products that don’t contain harmful chemicals.
- Promote public awareness: Raise public awareness about the impact of pollution on rivers and encourage people to participate in clean-up campaigns.
- Implement wastewater treatment: Industrial and household wastewater should be treated before being discharged into the river.
- Create buffer zones: Establish buffer zones along the riverbanks to prevent runoff of pollutants into the river.
- Support conservation efforts: Support conservation efforts by protecting the river ecosystems, preserving natural habitats, and restoring damaged areas.
- Reduce industrial pollution: Industrial pollution can be reduced through cleaner production techniques and the use of renewable energy sources.
- Promote sustainable transportation: Encourage the use of public transportation, bicycles, and electric vehicles to reduce air pollution and minimize the use of personal vehicles.
- Regulate the use of fertilizers and pesticides: The use of fertilizers and pesticides should be regulated to prevent them from contaminating the river.
- Implement rain gardens: Rain gardens can capture and treat runoff before it enters the river.
- Provide incentives for environmental protection: Governments and businesses can provide incentives for individuals and organizations that take steps to protect the environment.
- Promote river-friendly farming: Farmers can adopt practices such as crop rotation, contour plowing, and cover cropping to reduce soil erosion and nutrient runoff.
- Improve infrastructure: Governments can invest in better infrastructure such as waste treatment plants and water treatment facilities to reduce pollution.
- Monitor and regulate river traffic: River traffic can cause pollution from oil spills and other waste, so monitoring and regulation can help prevent pollution.
- Encourage green building: Building green buildings with efficient water and energy systems can reduce pollution and waste.
- Implement water conservation measures: Encourage the adoption of water conservation measures to reduce water use and waste.
- Encourage responsible tourism: Tourists can cause pollution through waste, litter, and other activities, so responsible tourism practices should be encouraged.
- Increase funding for research and development: Governments and organizations can invest in research and development of technologies and methods to reduce pollution.
- Reduce plastic use: Plastic pollution is a significant problem for rivers and other water bodies, so reducing plastic use can help reduce pollution.
- Promote community involvement: Encourage communities to get involved in efforts to reduce pollution through education, activism, and volunteerism.
- Work together: Addressing river pollution is a complex problem that requires collaboration and cooperation among governments, businesses, communities, and individuals. Working together, we can make a difference in protecting our rivers and the environment.
Holistic solution to purify water
When you are interested in cost an effective holistic solution to purify water of the most toxics chemicals known to human mankind, I advise you to read the blog post on John Todd. In the blog post discusses the work of John Todd, an ecological designer and biologist who has developed a system of “living machines” to treat and purify wastewater. The World Water Community aims to crowdfund many “Living machines” projects for water purification.
These living machines use a combination of plants, bacteria, and other microorganisms to break down pollutants in the water and create a natural, sustainable system for water treatment. The blog also explores Todd’s vision for a more holistic approach to ecological design, which takes into account the interconnectedness of all living systems and aims to promote planetary healing through sustainable practices. John Todd Ecological living machines[/caption]
People may falsely believe their tap water is safe.
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