Illegal Dumping Piles Up in Ector County

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

In just the past two months illegal dumping in Ector County has escalated. It's not just unsightly, it's also a huge health hazard not to mention costly for your wallet.

More and more commercial companies are dumping their industrial waste. South Ector County is one of the hardest hit areas. A landowner there tells us they've found everything from furniture to chemicals, and even dead animals.

NewsWest9 even found a pile of dumped tires on a piece of property that had a sign warning people not to dump their trash.

"I've seen televisions stacked up, tires and stuff like that," Felipe Davilas, Property Owner said. "I have no control over it."

NewsWest 9 spoke with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and they say when all that solid waste decomposes it winds up in your water glass and the germs could even kill you. It's a problem that has county officials trying to figure out what to do.

"Get the Sheriff's Deptartment involved and fine them for criminal trespass. Then I'll be involved and I'll issue them a citation for illegal dumping," Oscar Limon, Ector County Code Enforcement Officer said.

If you live in Ector County you can thank the illegal dumping for a sinking property value. The code enforcement officer says they've stepped up their game. They're issuing citations for as much as $500 dollars and even slapping misdemeanor charges on the violators.