There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed. ~Mohandas K.GandhiWhen you visit the Kollam District, you will findKottarakkara town. This is one of themaintownin the area. A vital ecological feature of this city is the Pulamon River.Bodies of water play a vital role in the health of people as well as the earth. This river was once clean and clear offering beauty and vitality to the people living near thePulamon River. Now it is filled with waste from construction and buildings that dumpillegally into the River.The Pulamon River actually runs through the main heart of the city. Unfortunately, thisriver is filled with dangerous waste products and toxins. The river carries wastes fromslaughter houses, hotels and other industries, hospitals, the sewage system and evenwaste water drainage.The waste products in the Pulamon River pose a threat to the villagers who use the river as one of their means of survival. Many people use this very river to wash clothing, bathe and even to clean their cattle. The polluted river poses a threat to the health of villagers and animals.What has made the waters of the Pulamon so polluted? Many industries constructed their buildings right by the river. They were not to place buildings in this area, but did so eventhough it is in violation of the law. As if it was not bad enough that buildings wereconstructed too close to the river, the owners of these building and industries also usedthe river to dump wastes illegally. Sadly, the local government turned a blind eye and assuch silently allowed these building owners to pollute the waters of the Pulamon River.The results were devastating for the river and the people living near the river.The Pulamon River has been shown to contain dangerously high levels of CollinBacteria. This river is devastated by a variety of other nasty strains of bacteria s well.The river has also been overcome with deadly viruses and unhealthy mosquitoes. Thecomponents of this river post a serious health risk to anyone who lives near the river andto villagers who use the river for agriculture and other means of life. In fact, the river pollution has resulted in many serious viral diseases in Kottarakkara as well as other towns and villages through which the river runs.The public has cried out to appeal to the local government to stop the pollution of thePulamon River. Villagers and townspeople have enlisted the help of the media to make people aware of what is going on with the river and with illegal construction anddumping of wastes into the river. Media attention has results in more studies andresearch of the impact of the river on the health of people in the local area. It has beendiscovered that the number of ill individuals in Kottarakkara is on the rise. People are becoming increasingly more concerned about illness and serious diseases as a result of the pollution in the River.