Dust control - Time to address the issue?
We and municipality need to pay close attention to monitor construction activity and propose guidelines to address the dust issue.
There are easy ways to address this by adding green cover. more
About the construction sites there are several possible solutions:
1. use of premixed concrete - eliminating use of sand, gravel and cement being stacked and mixed at site.
2. Prefabricated walls for construction - eliminating use of sand, gravel and cement being stacked and mixed at site.
Demolition of buildings etc. (Including Loading into trucks): during Street sweeping time to minimise exposure of human to airborne dust.
Dumping sites: If they are away from human habitats those should not pose any problem. even otherwise as the loading of debris is done in wee hours, it would be unloaded/dumped before early morning.
In short the solution lies in allowing dust generating work only between 0 hours and 5 hours and using pre fab technique of construction.
Dust is one of them. When a building is brought down due to its dilapidation or otherwise, dust mites fly all over. The municipal authorities regulate this making it mandatory to cover the area with material to avoid dust being spreading into the atmosphere around the area. This is great.
But when this debris is being loaded onto the trucks for dumping to nominated sites this dust flies into the atmosphere. The trucks are also covered with material.
When the truck is being emptied into the dumping site, dust spreads into the atmosphere.
All this is true. But how can any protection be given to dust mites being spilled into the air? This is a natural phenomenon and can best be controlled by dampening the area before bringing it down to control dust mites. more