Illegal Dumping-Contaminating Water Supply

Illegal Dumping-Contaminating Water Supply

Clean drinking water continues to be a challenge in certain cities in the United States when recurrent illegal-dump sites go unsupervised. Crews working for companies who use hazardous materials frequently will dump the liquid waste illegally near water wells, or into a drain that connects to the public water supply. Public water can also become contaminated when groundwater is carried over from other illegal dumping sites.

Sometimes the people dumping the chemicals are not intentionally committing a crime. This is when it is reasonable for Municipalities to educate the public regarding proper disposal of liquid wastes. Also, help local businesses become informed of exactly what materials are illegal to dump, when and why it is illegal to dispose of a certain substance, and when and where the legal sites are for proper disposal.

When people fail to follow the laws and health guidelines pertaining to appropriate waste disposal, legal action befits the circumstance. This could mean everything from an illegal dumping fine, down to suing the chemical manufacturer. If proper warnings are not clearly printed on product labeling, chemical companies who manufacture the hazardous substances dumped illegally could be held liable for this action, even if the waste product was not directly dumped by them.

Public health effects could include infertility in large numbers or cancer, and in some circumstances, there is an immediate poisoning— this all depends on the substance(s) that contaminated the water supply. This is an alarming public threat that continues to grow. If public hazards like this are not immediately identified and aggressively addressed, locals and other people who use that city’s water supply will face serious health consequences by no mistake of their own in the future.

Public hazards such as a contaminated water supply are very preventable, especially if the cause is a nuisance crime like illegal dumping at recurrent problem sites. When a city creates a strategy to prevent illegal dumping,, the nuisance will stop before a health hazard develops.

Illegal Dumping Depreciates Quality of Life

Illegal Dumping Depreciates Quality of Life

Illegal dumping devalues the human standard of health, and it depreciates our comfort and happiness living in the neighboring vicinity of the dumpsites.

Not only is illegal waste-dumping ugly for people to see, but waste of any type will eventually endanger waterways and public water quality as well as the rest of its proximate earth. It is a form of litter, and it is a direct threat to the surrounding environment’s ecosystem, and it is a direct threat to public health.

The widespread pollutants most often dumped that harm bodies of water consist of household cleaners, pesticides, motor chemicals such as oil and antifreeze, mothballs, unused prescription medications, paint products, and chemical additives. This waste is either dumped directly into local waterways or groundwater, or the polluted water is carried over from illegal dump sites via its adjacent soil.

Other commonly dumped items that contaminate the environment include tossed out appliances, decaying plywood, trashed barrels, yard junk, furniture, garbage, and old tires.

Illegal dumping constitutes an environmental threat to both water and land, and it constitutes a true human health hazard as well as being a danger to wildlife. Used tires collect rainwater and become a breeding ground for insects and mosquitos that spread vector-borne illnesses. Dumping locations filled with rotting garbage attracts rodents that carry diseases.

Directly disturbed are the people living in neighborhoods nearby these illegal dumpsites. The pathogens carried by the mosquitoes and rodents are transmittable to the locals of the area. Some of these diseases can also infect other animals of wildlife or household pets. This distresses the environment and saddens the quality of life for all who live close by the dumping areas. It also costs the local taxpayers to have it all cleaned up.

Illegal-dumping hotspots carry a theme and tend to become marking posts for repeat offenses. Therefore, it is wise to say that environmental deterioration in the form of an illegal dump is a completely preventable phenomenon.

Save the taxpayers some money! STOP Illegal-Dumping in its tracks, BEFORE it gets out of control, and implement a strong Deterrence Plan.

Illegal Dumping-Battery Environmental Pollution

Illegal Dumping-Battery Environmental Pollution

Improper disposal of any type of battery, including lead batteries, acid batteries, nickel batteries and lithium batteries pose a vast list of dangers to the environment and can even have a lethal aftermath.  When batteries are not properly recycled and they end up in landfills or in any other type of area illegally, it contributes to the pollution of soil, which then gets into and contaminates the groundwater and surface water. It can also cause air pollution.

All batteries contain toxic materials, and when not recycled carefully and legally with the proper scientific guidelines, they decompose in landfills and undergo a photochemical reaction that can make them even more dangerous.  People and animals can suffer because of this reaction.

Batteries contain inorganic lead, which presents an outstanding health hazard to humans if the dust from its decomposition is ingested or inhaled.  They also contain high amounts of sulfuric acid which is highly corrosive to any organic material or substance. This sulfuric acid can burn through the stomach of a person or animal if ingested.  Another harmful component is called cadmium, which is used in nickel batteries and is classified as a known carcinogen.  It can be absorbed into the skin if touched, and the surrounding soil soaks up this material like a sponge.

These toxic chemicals leak and are then absorbed by the surrounding soil, which can find its way into the local water supply.  The toxicity the batteries emit can kill plants and animals whose dead bodies decompose and create a hirer risk for the rivers, streams, and lakes where drinking water is collected from. It can also contaminate the fish people eat. It can also kill the fish in the waters, leading to more water supply contamination. Greenhouses will also vent this pollution which leads to these same contaminates being emitted into the air.

How waste batteries are handled can have a giant impact on the microbiology and biochemistry of the environment.  Proper disposal is essential, especially with the larger used batteries such as those from cars, computers, and other machinery. Many are unaware of how illegal it is to throw away used batteries into the trash or dumpster. Some people will dump loads of used batteries at sites not meant for that purpose.  Even if the battery is considered dead with no charge, it still contains the toxic chemicals mentioned above.  Educating the public on the effects of inappropriately discarding batteries is key.  Every city needs effective tools to stop Illegal Dumping, especially Illegal Dumping Cameras designed specifically to stop Illegal Dumping.

No Public Dumping


Despite the signs posted all over the park’s landscape, screaming “NO DUMPING IN PARK”, “ILLEGAL DUMPING IS A CRIME”, or “ILLEGAL DUMPING ZONE”, sometimes followed by “WARNING: VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED” in all caps, people still continue to illegally dump their unwanted items and waste within the park’s city limit. What such madness could drive a human to push the envelope and defy these signs, even after a serious warning was given if ignored?

Some of the possibilities could include…

  • High disposal fees · Laziness · Not enough legal disposal sites · Disposal site is too far away · Disapproval of authority · The person did not see the sign(s) · The person cannot read English · The person does not care about the environment

If a thought process was involved before the act was committed, sometimes there was a manifestation of indignation towards the rule or maybe towards the lawmakers, but not always. Whatever the reason may be, a failure to defer the written rules was what ultimately lead to the negligence.

This illegal dumping law is most definitely not in the wrong for existing; trash disposed in an improper manner could have significant ramifications to the environment. Even so, could it be that the consequences of breaking this law are not strict enough? For instance, if the fee for illegally disposing the waste was quite a bit higher than the legal disposal fees, or maybe even some jailtime to go along with it… would that be enough to change this person’s mind before dumping?

Some human studies prove that a higher number of college students remember far more by listening to a book rather than by reading it, meaning that those students are better audio-learning than their visual-learning peers. The visual learners understand more material if there are illustrations to go along with the reading. Even better yet, more is remembered from the book if listened to while reading along and viewing illustrations, compared to the traditional style of just reading alone, which helps individuals who are more on the tactile-learner side.

Hence, maybe having a sign all by itself is not a good enough warning. An illustration might help deter some, but still may not be enough. Further yet, what would a prosecution warning illustration look like? Would it be of a surveillance camera?

Regardless of the outcome, if even after significant warning the person chooses to illegally dump their unwanted item(s) in the remote area, the offender must be caught in the act in order to successfully prosecute. But not all images stand up in court.  An Illegal Dumping Camera, specifically designed to capture high resolution images that identify the perpetrator and the license plates in complete darkness are needed.

What is your community doing to stop Illegal Dumping?