Monthly Archives: September 2016
If you are involved with operating a company, you without a doubt understand that protecting the environment is the right thing to do. However, it goes beyond that. It also makes good business sense. Companies with a good track record in this arena enjoy a more favorable reputation among citizens of the communities in which they operate. They are also looked at more positively by their customers. In fact, in many industries, customers are insisting that their suppliers maintain an effective environmental management system as a condition for doing business.
Environmental management begins with a commitment to prevent pollution of the air, land and water. Failure to implement effective operational controls can lead to harmful impacts on the environment on an ongoing basis through things like continuous releases of pollutants into the atmosphere or water. Lack of controls, along with inadequate emergency response planning, can result in a catastrophic event should something go wrong.
Spills into bodies of water can be among the toughest pollutant releases to deal with. One-time releases of harmful substances into the air will cause some immediate concern to those in the area and may even lead to an evacuation in the most severe cases. However, after a short time, the pollutants will usually dissipate and like can return to normal. Spills onto land can be cleaned up in most cases before the contamination spreads much beyond the initial location. Spills into water, on the other hand, can impact people and wildlife in locations that are far beyond the immediate location of the spill. For example, the material can get into a river and be carried to other communities for miles downstream. This is why prevention is critical.
If you have a water treatment system that includes one or more holding ponds, you will want to make sure they always have the capacity for which they were designed. Otherwise, they could eventually overflow and allow untreated water to enter a local lake or river. This could be devastating for aquatic life as well as for people who depend on that water for their supply systems or for recreational purposes. Because silt will settle to the bottom, it will be difficult to tell by looking that the holding capacity has decreased.
Sometimes, it becomes necessary to reach out to outside resources to make sure your system remains in optimum operating condition. Companies like Sandling Industrial Services have the expertise and necessary equipment available in order to help. If you need a dredge rental for silt removal, or something else that is not used often enough to make buying one feasible, these companies can be valuable resources. Don’t wait until you have a permit violation and the regulator’s get involved. Those situations do not usually have pleasant endings.