If you are concerned about our environment, you might want to give some thought to these three city services. The reason being that they greatly impact our environment.
There are so many things that we take for granted in our daily lives. And a lot of them weren’t even available during the previous two centuries.
City Services And Their Impact On Our Environment
Like millions of others on the planet, I too have great care and concern for our environment. We need to start thinking about our infrastructure. We also need to appeal to Congress to make sure they are enhanced with our environment in mind.
The rate at which society has advanced during the past hundred years has simply been staggering.
But today, we are discussing these three hidden lifelines of any city of at least moderate size. We also need to look at the impact they have on our environment.
While recycling is very important, there are so many other systems we use worldwide that need updated infrastructure.
Whether you’re just curious about how municipalities function smoothly or if you’re considering a career in urban planning, you’ll find that these three things are essential.
First off, we’ll discuss the importance of a well-designed sewage system. Then, we’ll go over trash removal services, before finishing up with the power supply.
Folks in our area dumped household garbage into our recycling bin causing them to close down the plant.
This infuriates me and a perfect example of how we all suffer from other people’s carelessness.
From every advancement stemming from urban planning, the creation of the sewer was probably the most helpful. This is because it made a noticeable difference in saving lives.
Discharged from waste treatment plants, human sewage from population centers causes great amounts of pollution. It is a major contributor to aquatic pollution in the estuary and coastal areas.
In addition to the sewage itself, the chemical additives held in portable toilets and holding tanks such as chlorine, ammonium, and zinc are toxic to marine life. And, therefore, can and does affect marine animals and plants.
Before sewers existed, sewage disposal drained into the nearest waterways regardless of whether it went into a vital water supply.
This understandably resulted in plenty of diseases. It was one of the main causes of mortality in large cities like London early on.
Pioneered in London, the creation of the sewer ensured proper separation from the water supply. Designed to keep sewage off the streets, the sewage system kept them clean where it could create a breeding ground for disease too.
Another thing that we tend to take for granted is trash removal. Take a look back at your month and consider the amount of trash that your household has created. Then imagine if it had nowhere to go or if you had to deal with it yourself.
Things like trash removal in Manhattan, help ensure that cities run smoothly. When we lived in the city, we called upon their services for items like furniture, old carpet, or appliance removal.
It was surprising to see how many folks are so careless when it comes to disposing of trash properly. It’s infuriating.
Unfortunately, we didn’t place much importance in the proper removal of our trash. It is a huge factor to the huge amount of pollution and therefore the need for immense landfills.
When we don’t have to give our garbage a second thought after we place it out on the curb, why would we think about its negative effects?
The Great American Cleanup project is a great place to start! You can volunteer to #cleanYOURblock.
This project is a call-to-action to engage more volunteers and participants in public space cleanup, beautification and recycling events. It is conducted by Keep America Beautiful® affiliates and participating organizations nationwide.
As we all know, you can’t run a city properly without a power supply. And in the past, not much thought went into their design for our environment.
Whether your powerlines are underground or above-ground, they are typically not something that we spare more than a second glance.
Linesmen and the power lines that they maintain are some of the most essential parts of our modern lifestyle. And consistent access to electricity has become a staple of our lives.
Electricity in the United States is generated using a variety of resources. The three most common are natural gas, coal, and nuclear power.
Did you know that some of the fastest-growing sources are renewable resources such as wind and solar?
It’s hard to believe that most of the world that now runs on electricity was mostly unpowered a mere 100 years ago.
Did you know about half of the urban population being monitored is exposed to air pollution? That is at least 2.5 times higher than the levels The World Health Organization (WHO )recommends. This puts those people at additional risk of serious, long-term health problems.
Environmental Impacts of the Electricity System We Need To Think About
Below, you’ll find some of the ways our electricity system impacts our environment.
- Emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. This is especially true when a fuel is burned.
- Use of water resources to produce steam, provide cooling, and serve other functions.
- Discharges of pollution into water bodies, including thermal pollution (water that is hotter than the original temperature of the water body).
- Generation of solid waste, which may include hazardous waste.
- Land use for fuel production, power generation, and transmission and distribution lines.
- Effects on plants, animals, and ecosystems that result from the air, water, waste, and land impacts above.
While it’s in human nature to take things for granted, we sometimes need to take a step back and appreciate the things which allow us to live our lives so comfortable.
With the care and concern for our environment grow daily, we always need to be informed and actively do something about protecting our planet too.
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