About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Homes Contribute to 50 Percent More Water Pollution Than Previously Believed

by VR Sreeraman on August 23, 2009 at 11:12 AM
Font : A-A+

 Homes Contribute to 50 Percent More Water Pollution Than Previously Believed

A new study has determined that homes are an alarming and probably underestimated source of water pollution, and can contribute to 50 percent more water pollution than previously believed.

Scientists Lorence Oki, Darren Haver and colleagues carried out the study.

Advertisement

In the study, the research team explains that runoff results from rainfall and watering of lawns and gardens, which winds up in municipal storm drains.

The runoff washes fertilizers, pesticides and other contaminants into storm drains, and they eventually appear in rivers, lakes and other bodies of water.
Advertisement

"Results from our sampling and monitoring study revealed high detection frequencies of pollutants such as pesticides and pathogen indicators at all sites," Oki said of their study of eight residential areas in Sacramento and Orange Counties in California.

Preliminary results of the study suggest that current models may underestimate the amount of pollution contributed by homes by up to 50 percent.

That's because past estimates focused on rain-based runoff during the wet season.

"Use of pesticides, however, increases noticeably during the dry season due to gardening, and our data contains greater resolution than previous studies," Oki said.

Pollutants detected in outdoor runoff included ant-control pesticide products.

Previous surveys have shown that the majority of pesticides purchased by homeowners are used to control ants.

To encourage pollutant reduction, the researchers initiated community outreach programs centered on improving both irrigation control and pest management.

Source: ANI
SRM
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Good Nutrition Linked to Better Mental Health in School Children
Convulsions / Seizures / Fits - Symptom Evaluation
World Heart Day 2021 -
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Pollution Water - Nutrient that Beats the Heat Tips for Healthy Fasting During Ramadhan Water Matters: Why You Need to Drink Enough Water Everyday 

Recommended Reading
Water Pollution Also A Cause Of Male Infertility
Researchers from Brunel University have shown that testosterone-blocking chemicals is finding its .....
Scientists Develop Robotic Fish To Detect Water Pollution
Scientists in the UK have developed robotic fish that would released into the sea for the first ...
Gujarat Villagers Face Groundwater Pollution
High chemical content in groundwater has become a serious health hazard for the villagers of ......
Tips for Healthy Fasting During Ramadhan
Ramadhan calls for a change in your food habits, and to help you glide through it easily, here we’ve...
Water - Nutrient that Beats the Heat
Dehydration, acidity, loss of energy are common problems that often occur due to insufficient water ...
Water Matters: Why You Need to Drink Enough Water Everyday
Water is essential to balance body fluids, boost brain function, improve digestion, prevent kidney s...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use