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01383 841470
Albany Business Centre Gardeners Street
Dunfermline, EN
C-Chec Ltd
01383 851029
7 Main St
Dunfermline, EN
T C M Ltd
0131-477 4098
Regus House/10 Lochside Pl
Edinburgh, SC
Clark Services (Res of A.Gibson)
01506 437967
29 Fir Gro
Livingston, EN
Ecological Consulting Services Ltd
01506 512279
83 Netherwood Pk
Livingston, EN
Mabbett & Associates
01383 432300
Unit 3 Dunfermline Business Centre Izatt Avenue
Dunfermline, EN
Clippertech Ltd
01383 851133
Unit 1, Oakley Industrial Est
Dunfermline, EN
Empteezy Ltd
01506 430309
4 Muir Rd
Livingston, EN
Caledonia Environmental Ltd
07889 685536
29 Fir Gro
Livingston, EN
Soilutions Ltd
0131-538 8456
Cathcpell House/Carpet Lane
Edinburgh, SC

The Main Causes of Water Pollution

What are the Main Causes of Water Pollution?

There are many causes of water pollution, some of them natural, some man-made and some natural but exacerbated by human activity.

Here are some basic facts about water pollution from industry, agriculture and domestic sources.

Water pollution facts

Although industry and agricultural factors are huge, our domestic waste products have a considerable and increasing effect upon water pollution. Water companies are having to be more and more pro-active to deal with the deluge of bathroom and kitchen chemicals we use on a daily basis!

This page focuses mainly on the industrial and agricultural causes of water pollution.

Read on to learn more.


These brief outlines of major environmental problems are offered as a quick over-view only. The issue of water pollution is far too big to do justice to on a web site such as this.

If you believe that you are affected by water pollution, check the links section for organisations which could help you.

causes of water pollution - willows in water at lake margin

Picture above: Willows with their roots in water at the margins of a reservoir. Many rural bodies of water can be affected by water pollution, especially from agricultural run-off

Sediments and organic debris - a natural cause - or not!

Natural organic wastes and soil can be one of the biggest causes of water pollution in some areas. Sediments build up over time in rivers and lakes as rain water washes soil, silt and organic debris from the land. This process may lead to local problems for fish and other water-based living creatures.

This natural process is made far worse when humans add an extra burden of wash-off from activities such as logging, construction and agriculture.

An additional set of problems occur when chemicals and petrochemicals are added to the contents of wash-off, as in the treatment of oil tar sands to remove the oil, as is currently happening in Canada.

The environmental destruction going on in Fort MacKay, Alberta and in Saskatchewan is causing lost livelihoods and dramatically increased cancer levels for local people. Fish from local rivers have growths and deformities and are regarded as inedible. See for more about this.

The main causes of water pollution:

Industry as a cause of water pollution

Industrial discharges cause many, many water pollution incidents.

causes of water pollution: political and business interests can prevent access to clean safe water for all. See Flow - for Love of Water

Some stretches of river in the UK used to have no fish at all because the water was so polluted from factories routinely discharging effluent into them. Thanks to tighter controls most are now much cleaner; even the Thames now has fish once again.

But this pattern of industrial pollution is being repeated in many countries.

Some rivers in the east of Europe are now very heavily polluted. The Yellow River in China is now one of the most polluted waterways in the world; stretches of the river are now so toxic that animals drinking the water may die and many nearby communities are blighted by high levels of cancers....

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