RV owners warned not to dump waste

LOS ANGELES - County public works officials are reminding owners and operators of recreational vehicles (RVs) not to dump their sewage waste on streets, parking lots or county campsites.The improper dumping of RV sewage waste is illegal and punishable by fines of up to $1,000 and six months in jail. The practice of emptying RV sewage tanks in public is something nobody wants in their neighborhood, county public works director Gail Farber said. "With more than 20 permitted waste disposal sites located throughout Los Angeles County alone there is no excuse for this practice," Farber said. "The bacteria from sewage waste can eventually pollute our waters, posing a threat not only to our environment, but also to the health of residents as well as marine life." Permitted waste disposal sites can be found throughout the county, including in Bellflower, Cerritos, Pico Rivera and Lakewood. A complete list of sites is available at www.CleanLA.com. RV owners and operators should call specific sites to confirm its fees and availability. Residents who witness an RV dumping waste onto a street or public parking lot should notify law enforcement.

********** Published: September 9, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 21