Global Water Pollution And Lack of Safe Drinking Water Maps

Global Sources of Water Pollution

Global Availability of Safe Drinking Water

It is not unexpected that the greatest amounts of industrial water pollution would be generated in the most developed countries.  In the first map above, the dark red as exemplified by Russia represents over 10 metric tons of industrial water pollution per day per million people, while the slighter lighter color of red exemplified by the U.S. and numerous other develoepd countries represents  5-10 metric tons of industrial water pollution peer day per million people, while the progressively next lighter shades represent 2.5-5 metric tons and 0-2.5 metric tons respectively – while the grey color is shown for countries for which no data is available.  As it turns out, however, safe drinking water availability is not related to just water pollution.  Instead, as the second map above illustrates, the developing countries of Africa and elsewhere have a lower percentage of safe drinking water for their inhabitants, not because of pollution, but more because of a lack of water treatment, a lack of proper sanitary practices, and a lack of an abundance of fresh water.

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~ by americanpresidents on February 23, 2010.

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