Water Pollution

Water pollution in river from nuclear waste

Water pollution involves contaminating bodies of water with any number of pollutants. Water pollution can occur in most bodies of water, from surface water such as rivers and oceans to aquifers below the ground, and contaminants can range from natural to synthetic compounds.

While waste dumping and oil spills contribute to water pollution, atmospheric deposition and nutrient over-enrichment do as well.

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, dirty water provides the world's No. 1 health risk. It is by far one of the most globally prominent environmental issues, especially considering that water is essential to sustaining life on Earth. (Photo: Shutterstock)

How 'toilet to tap' water is made

This simple paper water filter zaps contaminants like nobody's business

The tap water of 170 million Americans may contain unsafe levels of radium

Plastics aren't just choking coral reefs, they're spreading disease, too.

How many microbeads is a clean face worth?

The 'raw' water craze represents a refreshing return to the days when water could kill you

8 lakes where a dive could be deadly

Your laundry is more toxic than you think

Why junkyards fascinate and repel us

The mystery of Great Salt Lake's missing mercury

Mariana Trench contains 'startling' amounts of plastic

11-year-old invents better lead-detecting device