EL PASO — A recent public education campaign helped to reduce illegal dumping in the city’s storm water drainage system, El Paso Water Utilities officials said Wednesday.
The utility has removed about 55 percent fewer tires so far this year — 1,057 through July 2010 compared with 2,401 during the same period of 2009.
About 19 percent less debris has been removed by utility workers — 8,553 tons through July this year compared with 10,507 tons during the same period last year.
Last budget year, the utility spent $700,000 on labor, transportation and landfill costs to fight and dispose of illegal dumping. The utility, meanwhile, spent about $37,000 on the anti-dumping campaign, spokeswoman Christina Montoya said.
To report illegal dumping, call 1-877-ID-FLOWS (1-877-433-5697). The utility’s Web site, www.epwu.org, also has information on illegal dumping.