How Irresponsible Drainage Harms Marine Life

Continuing the environmental theme that we have this month at Alternative Drainage, here we are set to focus on the effect irresponsible drainage can have on the eco-system through harming marine life.

As many will know, there are changes occurring to the climate that are drastically affecting the wellbeing of wildlife across the globe.

One may wonder how ignorantly flushing a wet-wipe or plastic bag down the toilet in your home in Wakefield can end up killing marine life in the Antarctic. So, Alternative Drainage want to focus on how what we put down our drains can cause animals to ingest toxins and other harmful, human-made substances. Gradually, over time these harmful substances cause endangered species to become even more scarce.

Products such as microplastics found in cosmetic products were guilty of having these negative effects on wildlife. Up until their recent ban this year, human-made materials such as nylon, polyester and polypropylene were found as far as Antarctica.

Tracing the journey of these pollutants will take us to the root of the issue; irresponsible disposal of products in residential, commercial and agricultural drainage systems. The drastic consequences of this are that water treatment facilities are sometimes unable to remove certain pollutants that go under the radar. Oil leaks, fertilisers, pesticides, and microbeads infiltrate the ocean through irresponsible drainage, and thus can get trapped into the mouths, gills or feathers of sea-life. This can cause suffocation, restricted mobility, and long-term effects can include organ failure, reproduction failure and cancer. Evidently, this will have a knock-on effect on the population of that species, which then has a knock-on effect on the food chain.

So, next time you are about to flush that wet wipe down the toilet, think about the lives of the animals on the other side. As drainage clearance, repair, and maintenance experts based in West Yorkshire, Alternative Drainage understand the importance of everyone playing their part in maintaining the wellbeing of the climate and wildlife, as well as easing the inconvenience of having a blocked drain.

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