Pollutants are leaked into the ground, causing pollution of groundwater. When pollutants are released into the ground, they enter the water and contaminate it. The result is contaminated water and soil. Here's how to recognize contaminated waters. Read on for some basic information. And don't forget to read up on water safety. We'll talk about a few ways to keep your water clean this summer. How To Learn How To Recognize Contaminated Groundwater Exposure to contaminated groundwater has the potential to cause serious health effects. Exposure to sewage, industrial chemicals, and pharmaceuticals can lead to dysentery, hepatitis, and certain types of cancer. The pollution of our wells also poses a danger to wildlife. The USGS estimates that over 10 million storage tanks are buried in the United States. If a storage tank ruptures, polluted water can seep into groundwater sources. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are chemicals produced during the incomplete combustion of organic matter. They can be found in both natural and industrial water supplies. The most common contaminants are benzene, benzo(a) pyrene, and naphthalene, and they can be found in groundwater. However, these compounds are so toxic and persistent that they can persist for decades. Fortunately, environmental laws and regulations are helping to make them safer and more affordable. Biological agents can cause serious illness, including leukemia. Some of these agents are life-threatening for some people. This is why it's essential to learn as much as possible about the potential sources of contamination in your local area. By understanding these sources, you can prevent the spread of contamination and help protect your community's water resources. Once you have an understanding of what causes contamination, you can control it. This way, you can protect your property and the public from harmful chemicals.