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Storage Lagoons

Storage lagoons

Used by industries, farms, municipalities, mining operations, oil and gas producers, etc...

Contamination Evidence:
  • Spills.
  • Changes in color, taste, odor or well water.
  • Unhealthy or dead vegetation near lagoon.
  • Greener and more vigorous plant growth near lagoon.
  • Detection of excessive bacterai or chemical in well water tests.
Causes:
  • Poor installation and maintenance.
  • Overflows.
  • Seepage.
  • Liner failure.
  • Structural collapse.
  • Location in sensitive groundwater area.
Prevention:
  • Proper installation and maintenance.
  • Locate away from sensitive groundwater areas.