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Pollution Threat To Groundwater in Southern Africa

The consumption of contaminated groundwater can lead to a host of health issues, including gastrointestinal infections, cholera, dysentery, and other serious illnesses. Pollution occurs when substances such as pathogens, chemicals, and heavy metals seep into underground aquifers, the primary source of drinking water for approximately 70% of the 250 million people living in the SADC region. Addressing this issue is crucial for safeguarding public health and maintaining the integrity of ecosystems that depend on clean groundwater.

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