Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
Print version ISSN 0034-8910
MORAES, Danielle Serra de Lima and JORDAO, Berenice Quinzani. Water resources deterioration and its impact on human health. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2002, vol.36, n.3, pp.370-374. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102002000300018.
The objective of the study is to analyse the actual availability of water resources and its impact on human health deterioration. The following aspects were studied: (a) human activities and environmental deterioration; (b) statistics on the availability and demand of water resources; (c) urban and industry wastes as sources of water resources contamination; and (d) deleterious effect of contaminated water on human health. Statistical data on the impact of contaminated water on human health and the increasing demand of water resources are alarming. It is paramount that modern generations develop an environmental awareness to avoid overstressing water systems, as predicted to come about in the very near future.
Keywords : Waters resources [public health]; Water conservation; Environmental impact; Environmental protection; Environmental degradation [human health].