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http://www.popsci.com/environment/article/2013-04/sewage-plants-dumped-11-billion-gallons-waste-waterways-after-sandy

That's 35 gallons for every USA person. I guess we Americans sh#t a lot. Nice graphic though.

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Re: Sewage Plants Dumped 11 Billion Gallons Of Waste After Sandy
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2013, 12:56:17 AM »
Wastewater treatment plants are one of those critical bits of infrastructure that will be more and more vulnerable to violent weather (extreme rainfall events) and sea level rise. They tend to be located at the lowest possible elevations as sh!t flows downhill and is expensive to pump up hills!

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Re: Sewage Plants Dumped 11 Billion Gallons Of Waste After Sandy
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2013, 09:27:55 AM »
You don't need an extreme event for the sewage plants to malfunction ! They do that all the time ! If you look at the concentration per liter, it does seem ok, but if you multiply that concentration (any...NO3, oxygene demand, pesticide, medicine...) by the flow and for one day or one week, it is just monstruous !!!
A big part is collected in the sludge, what they do with it ? They dump it, rare are the farmers unconscious enough to spread the stuff on their land !

If one guy was catch dumping the same amount in the river, he will be sent in jail for a long time ! Our civilisation do that every day, completely unnoticed !
« Last Edit: May 08, 2013, 09:38:27 AM by Laurent »