Check out this collection of fantastic gross disgusting photos of water pollution from around the world.
What amazed me in the photos is how many people still work, play and use the water that is so obviously polluted. In almost every case it is out of necessity as they can't go anywhere else and cleaner water just isn't available.
Full collection: gigapica.geenstijl.nl
The photo descripton for the above photo is: Indian scavengers look for coins and other valuable items from among the offerings of devotees in the Ganges at Varanasi on April 5, 2009. More than 400 million people live along the Ganges River. An estimated 2,000,000 persons ritually bathe daily in the river, which is considered holy by Hindus. In the Hindu religion it is said to flow from the lotus feet of Vishnu (for Vaisnava devotees) or the hair of Shiva (for Saivites). While the Ganges may be considered holy, there are some problems associated with the ecology. It is filled with chemical wastes, sewage and even the remains of human and animal corpses which carry major health risks by either direct bathing in the water (e.g.: Bilharziasis infection), or by drinking (the Fecal-oral route). AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH