Municipal responsibility

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Essentially, we need to protect water environments as they protect and sustain us, our way of living and our future. This is not something that can be achieved by one organisation or a few individuals alone. We all impact on water environments through everyday activities so we must all work together to better manage our actions and reduce our impacts.

If the underground water sources are polluted they may remain so indefinitely. Equally, desertification and climate change may mean water problems get worse over time.

Every year, polluted water kills more than 24 million people in the developing world. Most of those killed are children.

In a attempt to ensure that water quality is not compromised by an influx of tannery effluent and alternative applications (i.e., drinking water, for irrigation, etc.) remain possible, many countries have established effluent standards (See Table 11). These standards are based on expected dilution rates, mixing zones, seasonal flow conditions, and neighboring effluent discharges.

It acknowledges that it is everyone's responsibility to reduce the amount of pollution that enters our stormwater drains and is discharged into our natural waterways. It is much more cost-effective to stop the problem at the source rather than at the end of the pipe or once it has entered a waterway.