Year after year, we see the same issues creating the largest amounts of MOOP. Here are tips for dealing with them, and read this piece in the Burning Man Journal for more info.

Gray and black water spills — How will you dispose of your gray water from your kitchen and shower? If you’re in a small camp, with minimal dish-washing and body-washing water, we have tips to treat your gray water. Depending on how much you generate, options include small footprint evapotrons, disposing at offsite RV dump stations, or contracting with United Site Services for onsite pumping. Camps that have gray/black water tanks pumped by USS should labor under the assumption their tanks will be pumped a day later than expected and plan accordingly. (Delays happen on the playa.)

If you see a spill, do the following:

  • Stop causing it. No more showers, toilets or baths until you fix it. 
  • Contain it. Use a bucket to collect the leaking fluids and contaminated playa. If the contaminated playa fits in a five-gallon bucket, dig up the soil and dispose of the bucket off site.
  • Fix it. If your spill is due to a crack or other malfunction, you may have to stop using your tanks. If it’s just overfilled, get your tank pumped by United Site Services. You can flag down a truck on site.
  • Get help! Anything over 25 gallons spilled is considered an environmental emergency. If something is not easily cleaned up or is actively spilling with no way to stop, immediately find someone with a radio or go to any Ranger or ESD station. You won’t get in trouble for trying to fix something.

Vehicle leaks — Engine fluid leaks are common, especially in older vehicles and RVs. Check under your vehicle daily. If your vehicle is leaking, use a drip pan, tarp, rug, plywood, or anything that can be secured to the ground to catch the fluids.

Fuel spills — Fuel expands with heat, so never fill your fuel containers past 80%. All containers, regardless of size, must be stored within “secondary containment” basins. These basins must be capable of holding 110% of the volume of the largest single fuel container stored within it. Participants using fuel in an art installation or storing fuel in camp must comply with best practices: burntingman.org/fuel-hazmat

Size matters. If the spill and contaminated playa fits in a five-gallon bucket, dig it up, put it in a container and take it home with you. If it’s bigger than that, get help. Find someone with a radio or go to any Ranger or ESD station. BRC has teams that can handle any spilled substance.

Questions about fuel? Contact fuelsafetyatburningmandotorg  (fuelsafetyatburningmandotorg)  .