Help Save The Godavari River

Help Save The Godavari River

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One of the longest rivers in India, it's length totalling up to 910 miles (1,465 kilometres). The Godavari. Ruined due to human activities. 

In India, it is believed that taking a dip in the Godavari is sacred and can help aid one's wellbeing and the purification of one's sins. However, environmentalists and scientists believe that the river is too polluted to be used for even agriculture, much less a bath! 

Plastic and industrial waste, pesticides and insecticides, effluvium from ponds and, untreated sewage from villages, towns and cities all make their way into the river. 

Even though it is not recommended, many people continue bathing in the river where the water is seemingly clean. Canals that lead to the river are polluted as well, some of them foul-smelling as well. 

Environmental groups argue that the pollution of The Godavari runs from its motherland, Nasik due to the establishment of the industry in Maharashtra, and the discharge of industrial sewage into the river. Environmentalists say that, though the water is polluted from the origin, due to the overflow of water, the situation is better in the Agency Hilcock areas and near the Polavaram project. However, pollution levels are much higher near Rajahmundry. A myriad of waste and plastic can be seen floating on the river. 

Fishermen complain that they have trouble catching fish due to how contaminated it has become. They talk about how they spend most of the time clearing the waste just trying to catch something. 

Aquatic ecosystems are attenuated by pollution. Eutrophication is triggered due to the accumulation of nutrients.

The food chain is contaminated, we consume harmful toxins when we eat fish caught in polluted waters and livestock that consume wastewater. 

According to the UN, millions of people do not have proper access to clean water or sanitation, leading to diseases such as Cholera. 

However, there are a multitude of solutions to this problem. Water treatment is one of them. The first step is coagulation and flocculation. Chemicals with a positive charge are added to the water. The positive charge of these chemicals neutralizes the negative charge of dirt and other dissolved particles in the water.  The particles bind with the chemicals and form larger particles, called floc. The comes sedimentation. During sedimentation, floc settles to the bottom of the water supply because of its weight. Next is filtration. Once the floc has settled to the bottom of the water supply, the clear water on top will pass through filters of varying compositions (sand, gravel, and charcoal) and pore sizes, in order to remove dissolved particles, such as dust, parasites, bacteria, viruses, and chemicals. Finally, disinfection. After the water has been filtered, a disinfectant (for example, chlorine, chloramine) may be added in order to kill any remaining parasites, bacteria, and viruses, and to protect the water from germs when it is piped to homes and businesses.

This petition can help us spread awareness and bring our demands into the eyes of the government. Help save the Godavari River. 

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