Cemeteries have long been considered hallowed ground. They house the burial sites of beloved friends and family and welcome those who come to pay their respects. Unfortunately, this doesn’t negate the fact that they can create countless problems for the communities around them. Cemetery contamination can compromise the health and safety of nearby residents for years to come.
1. What Is It?
When a body decomposes, it releases water, gasses, and chemicals such as formaldehyde into the soil around it. Caskets also contaminate the surrounding earth, thanks to their materials and the preservative treatments applied to them.
2. Who Does It Affect?
Cemetery contamination first leaks into the ground around it, posing a threat to cemetery workers who touch corpses and dig in nearby areas. Eventually, the contaminated materials can work their way into the surrounding water supply, or groundwater, which locals often rely on as a source of drinking water.
3. How Do You Prevent It?
While there are alternatives to traditional burial, it’s impossible to completely eliminate the waste and contamination caused by a decomposing body. A comprehensive insurance policy, complete with risk assessment and management, can reduce the impact of unavoidable pollution.
Cemetery contamination may not be the first thing you’d think of when imagining the risks cemeteries face, but it’s one of the biggest threats to effective cemetery management and must be addressed by any cemetery hoping to remain a successful business.