THE LIVELIHOODS OF MILLIONS THREATENED BY POLLUTION
We are dumping too much sewage into the oceans. The public health and environmental implications of sewage overflows are tremendous. Sewage pollutes our waters with pathogens, excess nutrients, heavy metals, and other toxins. It kills aquatic life and creates algal blooms that can suffocate fisheries.
Even worse, sewage carries pathogens that can end up in our drinking water supplies and swimming areas. These disease-causing microorganisms cause diarrhea, vomiting, respiratory, and other infections, hepatitis, dysentery, and other diseases. Common illnesses caused by swimming in and drinking untreated or partially treated sewage include gastroenteritis, but sewage is also linked to long term, chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and arthritis.