Ask Joe: Is trash from homeless camp polluting water supply in Fernley?

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From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has raised some concerns about water quality issues in Fernley.

Conn Robertson wrote in on Facebook and sent us a video showing all kinds of trash and debris from a homeless camp near the water treatment plant in Fernley.

He wants to know if any of the trash is polluting the water supply.

Here's what I found out:

Most of the trash is piling up just a couple hundred yards from the Fernley water treatment plant. This is out off Interstate 80 near the Pilot Truck Stop.

There is a lot of trash and waste, even used hypodermic needles scattered throughout the area. A public nuisance complaint was filed and state health inspectors have been on the scene, but they and the Fernley city manager tell me there is no threat to the water supply.

All of the trash is considered a public health hazard however, and the Lyon County Sheriff's Office and Fernley's Code Enforcement Department are now in charge of getting it cleaned up.

So several different agencies have responded to this situation. With that oversight, the waste and trash should be cleaned up very soon. Let's hope so.

If you'd like to check out Conn's video for yourself, here's a link to the YouTube site.

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