Study Shows Road Traffic Contributes to Air as well as Water Pollution

Heavy traffic is time and again linked with air pollution. However, a new study from the University of Toronto, Scarborough, states it is also a huge contributor to water pollution.

The research discovered that chemicals normally used in vehicle fluids, paints and tires were a lot higher in rivers adjacent to roads dealing with heavy traffic. 

For the research, a series of samples were taken from the watersheds fed by Mimico Creek (which flows via Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto) and Little Rouge Creek (which flows via Whitchurch-Stoufville, Markham and Scarborough). The samples procured from Mimico Creek, which is situated adjacent to roads with a lot of traffic, had higher levels for the majority of the identified pollutants.

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