Archive for February 22, 2013

Facts About Water Contamination

Written by admin. Posted in Chemical containment, Oil disaster, Spill response equipment

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In order to prevent dangerous contamination to local water sources, companies use machines such as an oil skimmer or a turbidity curtain to collect oil, silt and sediments that have been uplifted by construction in or near water as well as by dredging operations. Turbidity barrier specialists can be hired by construction companies or project managers to ensure the proper regulations and requirements are met during the project, such as the Clean Water Act, National Pollution Discharge Elimination System as well as state and local regulations.

Silt curtains can be used for projects such as dredging bridge construction, dam removal and restoration, marina and harbor projects, port and terminal projects, ferry landings, pipeline crossings, coastal and shoreline restoration and rehabilitation and intake construction. The use of an oil skimmer is also often times applied during oil spills for effective cleanup. The faster oil skimmer technology can be applied during a spill, the less damage will be caused.

Oil spill response equipment can be used on any type of oil spill in any source of water. Oil spills can be damaging to aquatic ecosystems. They can be caused by crashed oil transportation vessels or drilling projects that hit an unforeseen mishap. An oil skimmer is meant to collect all of the oil spilled onto the ocean surface. Since oil is less dense than water it floats, making it easier for an oil skimmer to run properly and effectively.

Recent laws and regulations have required the use of such technologies as those that either prevent contamination or clean up what has been contaminated. They are set in place to ensure a safe and healthy environment. Keeping water clean and addressing contamination issues as soon as they arise allows officials to create and maintain a more productive and efficient ecosystem that would otherwise be destroyed by contamination.