Wabash River in Indiana (Credit: Kevin Burkett, via Flickr)
A study by environmental protection group Environment America found that Indiana is home to the worst water pollution in all 50 states, WTHITV 10 reported.
The non-profit organization said that more than 17 million pounds of toxic industrial chemicals were released into Indiana waterways during the period covered by the study. That figure is only part of the 206 million pounds dumped into waterways across the U.S.
The wastewater treatment plant that cleans Indiana’s Wabash River processes over 8 million gallons of wastewater each day. While 97 percent or more of that water is successfully treated, Indiana utility officials hope to improve the plant’s efficiency.
Image: Wabash River in Indiana (Credit: Kevin Burkett, via Flickr)