It is no secret that industrial wastewater is a scourge not only in the United States but on a global level as well. Here are some interesting facts and figures about the subject to make you think twice.
- Every single year, over two million tons of sewage, agricultural waste, and industrial waste is pumped into the waterways of the world. This pollution leads to the death of almost 2 million children under the age of 5. This is equal to one death every 20 seconds of every day.
- In the state of California, 4 billion gallons of wastewater are generated every day. However, the pollution is supremely managed by a very strong infrastructure consisting of over 900 wastewater plants and nearly 100,000 miles of sanitary sewers.
- Most businesses in the United States send their wastewater to industrial wastewater treatment plants for processing. It is at these plants where many pollutants are removed from the water. All told, wastewater treatment plants process 34 billion gallons of wastewater every single day in the United States.
- Globally, however, wastewater management is quite a different story. Only 20% of the wastewater produced receives adequate treatment. The ratio of wastewater treated is directly correlated to the wealth of the country. The richest countries boast as high as 70% of their wastewater being properly treated. However, that number plummets to a meager 8% in the poorest of countries.
- It was found during a study commissioned by Sierra Legal that 90 billion liters of raw sewage was being dumped into the Great Lakes every single year. To put a visual spin on this last fact, that is the equivalent of 100 Olympic-sized swimming pools filled with raw sewage being dumped into the Great Lakes every day of the year.