New York City residents are seeing a number of bottles in the streets.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there have been more than 3,200 bottles reported in the city since Monday, with an additional 9,800 bottles reported at night.
“There’s been a lot of the city having to deal with this,” said Mark G. Bales, director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
“People are literally spilling water bottles all over the place.”
The problem began in mid-March when the city began issuing bottled water bottles for residents to drink, according to the NYPD.
That prompted residents to call 311 and report their bottles being found, resulting in the NYPD taking a “thorough look” into the situation.
But after the city asked the public for help, the bottles began spilling in large numbers, causing more problems.
“It’s been crazy,” said Bales.
“I’ve got a couple of cases where I just have to clean the bottles and wipe down the inside.
People are just throwing water all over each other.”
According to NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, the city has received hundreds of reports of bottles being thrown and even people getting injured.
“I’ve been hearing reports of people getting knocked out,” she told ABC News.
“People have been throwing water on the ground, people have been running out of water, people are having to go to the emergency room because they’ve spilled bottles on their clothes, and it’s been really, really crazy.”
Bales said that in the past, the problem has been worse at night because people were afraid to go outside during the week.
But with the city taking a closer look at the issue, the NYPD said it has decided to limit bottle sharing at night, and that it will also be cracking down on people who are selling bottled water.
“We’re going to take a very, very hard look at what’s going on in New York,” Bales said.
“This is not something we can control.
This is something we’re going do for the public safety.”
According the NYC Office of Emergency Management, bottled water was found to be the number one cause of reported injuries in New Jersey in 2016, according the Department of Health.