The Permian Basin in New Mexico has a sewage problem. The area is best known for its wealth of oil, but with the surge of workers, it’s bringing also comes a potentially dangerous problem, according to KRQE.

So-called “man camps” are popping up across Eddy County. Campers, RVs, even buses, are lined up, packed into tiny lots. They’re temporary homes for oil field workers who’ve come from all over the U.S.

However, a majority of these sites have no septic system on-site, meaning there’s no way to dump people’s waste. An interactive map shows more than 140 of these man camps in Eddy County are not meeting state and county liquid waste regulations.

“We do have a liquid waste ordinance that is in effect in Eddy County, so we communicate regularly with the department and work very closely to maintain compliance with those issues,” said Steve McCroskey, Assistant Director of Community Services.

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