An unexpected problem associated with the pollution of lakes came into focus last January, when a highly polluted lake in India caught fire because of the massive quantities of waste in it – and according to locals, it was not first time, either.
The phrase itself seems surreal: burning lake. Yet in the case of waters polluted with a great many chemicals, debris and other waste, particularly if aquatic plants proliferate through the waste, such a disaster is quite possible.
Bellandur Lake in India is so full of waste it often throws up froth that is thick enough to block lakeside roads. According to one local, until the 1970s, the lake supplied clean water to local farmers, but after nearby companies started dumping chemical waste in it, it soon became completely poisonous, and the situation has not been resolved ever since.
In January 2018, a massive fire on the lake, which was putting the surrounding residential areas at risk, was put out in 24 hours of concentrated effort by 5000 fire-fighters and soldiers.
Polluted bodies of freshwater don’t only cause massive problems for the drinking water supply and ecosystems, they may also put their surroundings directly at risk when such disasters occur. According to some experts, unless the situation improves, the city of Bangalore near the lake could become uninhabitable in as little as six years. Preventing pollution is the only sure way of avoiding disasters of this sort.
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