August 2016

Environment and Safety

Understand the sources of oil pollution in water

Oil in water is one of the most common types of water pollution.

Oil in water is one of the most common types of water pollution. It has been previously reported that, in the UK alone, over one-fourth of all serious water pollution incidents involved oil. Oil is also a highly visible form of pollution that can easily spread. Even small quantities can potentially cause harm to any aquatic environment. For example, five liters of oil can form a film on the surface of a small lake, reducing the level of oxygen in the water and making it difficult for fish to breathe. Oil is also a risk to sewage treatment works, where accidental discharges can be difficult and costly to clean up. A small quantity of oil can have a disproportionate impact: it can taint drinki

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