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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Protect Your Drinking Water Source

Illegal Dumping near Bushy Park Reservoir

Monitoring and protecting your source water is a full time job at CWS. Our Source Water Manager is dedicated to protecting both of our watersheds (water sources), but this responsibility is shared with the public. Activities such as illegal dumping can negatively impact our source water quality, and as a result make it more difficult or costly to treat.

Employees at our Hanahan Water Treatment Plant have been working closely with Dorchester County’s Solid Waste Environmental Services Officer to investigate illegal dumping on a rural property we own that is next to land owned by Dorchester County. Dorchester County began cleaning up the site in late January, but tires, mattresses, and furniture still cover a big portion of these properties which contain some of our source water infrastructure.

We believe this site is no longer being used for illegal dumping, but still plan to secure the property with a gate. Dorchester County also plans to block a secondary entrance with mounds of dirt to limit access and deter future illegal dumping.  Interestingly, the old road bed through the property may have been the original path of Ladson Road more than 50 years ago – long before the area was developed.

Wondering what else you can do to help protect the watershed?

  • Pick up the poop! Pet waste adds bacteria and excess nutrients to streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs which help algae grow and disrupts plants and wildlife.
  • Don’t dump ANYTHING into storm drains; they empty directly into a water way.
  • Properly dispose of medicines, chemicals, oils and paints. The best way to avoid improper disposal is to only purchase chemicals you’re certain you will use.
  • Don’t over-fertilize your lawn. It washes into storm drains, streams, rivers, and oceans.
  • Use herbicides and pesticides responsibly, and consider natural control measures over chemical treatments whenever possible.

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