Health Problems Caused by Ground Water Contamination
Ground Water Contamination
When gasoline, chemicals or oil enter the groundwater, it becomes dangerous for humans to use. Often, people using wells may experience ground water contamination. The ground aquifer becomes contaminated with chemicals, which invade the well water sources. People can be exposed to chemicals, gasoline and oil by drinking the contaminated water, bathing in the water or inhaling steam from the water.
Some sources of ground water contamination come from the following:
- Septic systems
- Gas stations
- Hazardous waste sites
- Oil Refineries
- Storage tanks
- Machines shops
- Chemical Manufacturing Plants
- Use of road salts, pesticides and fertilizers
Health effects from ground water contamination are endless, but some common conditions include learning disabilities, cancer, respiratory problems, gastrointestinal conditions, neurological effects, heart problems and liver and kidney conditions.
If you have been exposed or injured by ground water contamination, you may be able to seek compensation. Damages that can be awarded in ground water contamination lawsuits include medical expenses, emotional distress, fear of cancer and loss of quality of life.