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GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATOIN Groundwater is the largest source of freshwater Groundwater is water contained in the pore spaces between oil and rocks below the Earths surface The supply of Groundwater is larger than all the streams and lakes of the world combined Groundwater pollution is a serious problem because many people depend on groundwater for their drinking water Car pollution of soil and groundwater comes from various sources such as runoff of used motor oil improperly disposed car batteries and leaking gasoline tanks at gas stations About 300 million gallons of used motor oil is created each year in the United States People who change their own oil pour eighty million gallons on roads driveways yards or into sewers and put forty two million gallons into the trash where it is collected taken to landfills Used oil makes up the largest single source of oil pollution in our nations streams and rivers According to EPA the oil from just one change is enough to contaminate a million gallons of freshwater The oil can seep into streams and lakes and groundwater and contaminate them Oil drainage has been reported to account for more than forty percent of the total oil pollution of our nations harbors and waterways The Association of Government Oil Recycling Officials states that fifty percent of all oil generated in the United States is lost through dumping land spreading incineration or road oiling One pint of oil can produce a slick one acre One part of oil per million parts of water ppm ca n cause foul taste and odor problems in drinking water Thirty five ppm can produce a visible slick on the water that can damage aquatic life and fifty ppm can foul the waste water treatment process Gas stations usually store their gasoline in underground tanks to avoid the risk of explosions and or fires Since the tanks are underground these leaks are hard to detect The
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