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Why is water pollution such a big concern in Georgia?

Nearly every Georgia business must comply with some sort of governmental regulations. If yours needs to be sensitive to environmental issues, one of them may be potential water pollution. Even if your company is nowhere near a natural water source, its activities could end up polluting one or more waterways.

Fertilizers and pesticides are two common culprits of water pollution. Other sources of pollution include industrial chemicals, metals and solvents. When these chemicals are used on crops and the soil in farming operations, they can leach into the ground, and subsequently, the water table. The chemicals are then carried underground to natural water sources and could harm the flora and fauna, wildlife and humans in the area.

That is not the only danger, however. When wells or holes are dug into the water table, those chemicals could end up in a glass, in the laundry and in the shower of unsuspecting Georgia residents. Many chemicals do not dissolve in water, and those particles could end up in drinking water and in water sources populated by marine life and used by wildlife. Upsetting the ecological and environmental balance of an area could cause known and unknown consequences for everyone and everything.

This is why the federal government and the state of Georgia both have laws regarding the prevention and cleanup of water pollution. If your business fails to adhere to the applicable environmental laws, rules and regulations, it could face steep fines, along with other financial and non-financial penalties. It may be worth your while to find out what your legal rights and responsibilities in connection with the environment ahead of time in order to avoid complications in the future.

Source: eschooltoday.com, "What are the various types of water pollution?", Accessed on Jan. 13, 2018

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