Most drinking water contamination can be attributed to human activities. Controlling contaminants in our drinking water is a delicate balance between regulating the source, determining safe levels, and choosing the best treatment. Listed below are some typical sources of contaminants in drinking water.
|Introduction to Water Contamination||Landfills and Dumps|
|Sewage, Partially Treated Waste Water, and Sludge||Industrial Effluents and Waste Disposal|
|Leakage from Underground Storage Tanks||Pesticides|
|Urban Run-Off||Animal Production Wastes|
|Mines, Tailings, and Spoils||Agricultural Run-Off from Crops|
This page was prepared by T.L. Pedersen, June
1997, UCD EXTOXNET FAQ Team.
Revised by B.T. Johnson, November 1997.