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These industries cause chemical contamination of water. The chemicals released include arsenic, lead and fluorides which lead to toxicity in plants and animals.

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and chemical factories. These industriescause chemical contamination of water.The chemicals released include arsenic,lead and fluorides which lead to toxicityin plants and animals. There areregulations to prevent this. Industriesare supposed to treat the wasteproduced before discharging it intowaters, but quite often the rules are notfollowed. The soil is also affected byimpure water, causing changes inacidity, growth of worms, etc.We have learnt in Chapter 1 theimportance of pesticides and weedicidesfor the protection of crops. However, allthese chemicals dissolve in water andare washed into water bodies from thefields. They also seep into the groundto pollute ground water.Have you seen ponds which lookgreen from a distance because they havea lot of algae growing in them? This iscaused by excessive quantities ofchemicals which get washed from thefields. These act as nutrients for algaeto flourish. Once these algae die, theyserve as food for decomposers likebacteria. A lot of oxygen in the waterbody gets used up. This results in adecrease in the oxygen level which maykill aquatic organisms.Recall Activity 18.6You had investigated the sewagedisposal

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