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Illegal Dumping Pollutes Water

Illegal Dumping Pollutes Water

Public water supplies can become a public health threat if the waterways are contaminated by toxic waste.  This is especially true when the environment encounters the illegal dumping of waste chemicals.  The toxic chemicals enter water wells and other ground water supplies. Common scenarios are illegal dumping sites that contain chemicals that seep into the ground connecting with underground waterways and/or when it rains the rains carry the toxic waste into waterways.

This type of situation happens more often than cities are aware of, as people who illegally dump try to hide the fact that they are doing it.  When this form of illegal dumping continues to go unchecked, it can lead to any number of serious health complications for the population who use the water supply.

There is a good reason the manufacturers of cleaning agents are legally expected to label their products with a hazard warning sign, if it contains hazardous substances that are known to be harmful to humans. Not doing so is dangerous, and the manufacturer is held liable if anyone is harmed by their failure to do so.

Furthermore, certain chemicals become even more toxic when cross-contaminated with other chemicals.  The likelihood of this happening increases when companies regularly dispose of their waste solutions by directly dumping them into public water drains or close to underground water sources.

The solution to preventing this type of public health hazard is simple: protect the water supply from illegal dumping of any sort.  Although regular water testing for chemicals is important – sometimes to help identify if people are dumping chemicals – once the source of the issue is nailed down, it can be easily stopped.

It is paramount that every city enacts an illegal dumping prevention program!

 

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.

No Public Dumping

NO 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?

Illegal Dumping Creates Health Hazards

Illegal Dumping Creates Health Hazards

For some people illegal dumping is considered a nuisance. Whether it is the construction company that leaves house debris, the resident that leaves the refrigerator, or the tire facility that dumps tires, all events are illegal.  Illegally dumping is not just a nuisance.  It is a community health hazard.  There are many health concerns that should be addressed, not to mention how illegal dumping affects the community’s quality of life.

Health concerns caused by illegal dumping are more complicated than people realize.  There are pathogens that are hosted by critters that find shelter and food within the unlawfully abandoned trash. There are also pollution concerns to both the local area and the ground water runoff that can enter streams and other waterways. And beyond that, is the mental health decline that unsightly dump sites cause.

To prevent these health concerns, every community must implement an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program.  QStar Technology is a leader in helping municipalities across the country to strategize and implement an Illegal Dumping Program to end the illegal dumping that is plaguing their communities. The right strategy and tools are paramount to creating a successful Illegal Dumping Program.

Protect the communities and start a successful Illegal Dumping Program to prevent health hazards.