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    Do we really pollute our rivers by taking bath, by washing clothes, by performing rituals?

    I have been born and brought up in a river city where the river flows 24x7. The river originates from the mountain area and reaches the sea after travelling many hundred kilometers. Apart from making use of the river water for agriculture, people living on the river banks make use of the river for bathing, washing clothes, to perform rituals for the dead, to learn swimming, for local picnic and for many other useful purposes. The drinking water is drawn through wells constructed inside the river for the purpose. Water gets filtered through the sand; pumped out to the storage tank; chlorinated and supplied through large pipe lines to the water storage tanks, and then distributed to the public through small pipe lines.

    Thus, do we really pollute our rivers by taking bath, by washing clothes, by performing rituals etc?

    According to me, we are polluting our rivers only by dumping our industrial waste and domestic wastes, connecting gutters to the river etc.
  • #576539
    Earlier, when people were lesser, then the number of deaths occurring were also less and therefore the cremations etc. in the case of Hindus on the river banks was also less. Similarly, the number of people taking a bath, washing clothes, volume of sewage disposal and such other things were also less.

    During those days in case of perennial rivers in which water used to flow throughout the year in large volumes, the resultant pollutants were generally washed away by the rivers. There was no industrial pollution also.

    However, nowadays the scenario has changed a lot. The industries instead of investing a huge amount in providing proper effluent treatment facility, find it inexpensive to dispose of the effluents in the river despite rules and regulations against the same. Also due to a tremendous increase in population, the volume of sewage has also increased manifold. Even the concerned Government departments are not able to develop proper sewage treatment plant. That coupled with the fact that the rivers are generally getting shallower is further compounding the problem.

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  • #576543
    Even I believe that mere washing clothes or performing daily rituals may not pollute the river water as much provided people just use coconut oil, natural, chemical free powders or gram flour for cleaning and wash clothes with simple handmade soaps, which are free of harmful chemicals. People had been depending on the rivers since the ancient times, that was the main reason why various ancient civilizations flourished, and cities were established on the banks of great rivers. But as the technology improved, people began to use various chemical detergents to wash their cloths, even the soaps and shampoos contain an array of harmful chemicals, as the chemicals are released into the rivers in a large scale, it gets accumulated in the waters near the banks, disturbing the ecosystem, favoring the growth of various undesirable, harmful microbes, Planktons and algae which further release toxins, provide bad odour and makes the water unfit for human consumption . But The damage caused by pollutants from various industries and sewage, is far more serious than the damage done by the human use. Another main contributing factor is the obstruction to the flow of water, as the river flows, it is fed by various tributaries and they in turn maintain a healthy and study flow of water, the pollutants get carried away with the flow and does not let them accumulate in a particular part of the river, however with various climatic changes, building up of various dams and other illegal constructions river waters are being diverted, obstructed and reduced, there by leading to reduced flow or water stagnation which may further worsen the pollution

  • #576546
    Since many decades the rivers, ponds, tanks are used for bath etc., But the rivers that too holy rivers are used by public on the holy reasons not only on holy reasons but also in general usage, is not amounts to pollution as the river water is flowing without stagnating in a particular place. It is like our water taps in our bathrooms the water is flowing towards a direction and washes out the contents into the sea or the place where it got mingles. But for that we people also, should not use the river in the level of polluting. Even in Ganges it is told that the deadbodies are thrown at a distance into the river and it has been also told by the real spectator of such thing, as the same is being done only at a distance where there is no hindrance to the bathing people. I do not know how far it is true but the inner satisfactory understanding is as the river flows with a high speed it will not affect the other bathing people. This was not become a problem of pollution but arises only when the people taking bath in holy rivers are increasing.

  • #576554
    Please understand that a flowing stream of water is called river and if the water flows, their cannot be pollution or what so ever even lakhs of people take bath or wash clothes. Only today the Krishna Pushkaram has been concluded and I have seen many lakhs of people taking bath daily since 12 days and there is no sign of any water pollution there. But there would be definitely water pollution would be present in lakes which does not flow and lays stagnant. For example the Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad is know as Vinayak Sagar during Ganesh immersion and thus the water get polluted with plaster of paris and other chemicals. So that pollution would give effect during the peak summer season , when the water stays silent without any waves and the plaster of paris content present inside the lake would come up and give horrible smells to the passerby which cannot be withstand -ed.
    K Mohan
    I consider myself as the learner everyday

  • #576573
    Major reasons for water pollution is due to the waste-chemical mixed water releasing from the industries; basically pharmaceuticals. Taking baths, washing clothes, and performing rituals in doesn't make any major pollution to Himalayan Rivers. This is because, Himalayan Rivers are Ganges, Yamuna, Brahmaputra, Indus, Sutlej, etc and their tributaries are immortal and produce extreme water to us. However, Rivers other than Himalayan are very small and sometime appear with water scarcities also. We people need to focus on them, as the water source depends upon the rain only. As said by Sun, in India most of the cities and towns use river water for drinking purpose. Hence we need to focus while taking baths, and doing rituals in holistic places like Varanasi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Godavari, Hughli, etc and in festivals / events like Holy dips in Ganges, Puskaram in Godavari/Krishna, etc.
    Naresh Kumar
    'Every bad situation will have something positive. Even a dead clock shows correct time twice a day.'

  • #576653
    Well, rivers cannot be polluted if people bath, wash clothes, perform rituals etc,. as the contents added into water during those deeds precipitate at the bottom. And, the soap, shampoo etc,. added to rivers are very less when compared to the water in the river. On the other hand, the industrial wastes etc,. dissolve in water and make the water harmful and sometimes lethal. Another reason for water pollution is the Nimarjan of Ganesh statues made from Plaster of Paris etc,. in water. They won't dissolve in water and may make the water harmful.

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