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28

Aug

Sewage woes add to Detroit’s headacheDetroit’s aging sewer system is under attack from record rainfall and garbage, but other concerns, including economic recovery, are more pressing.

Sewage woes add to Detroit’s headache
Detroit’s aging sewer system is under attack from record rainfall and garbage, but other concerns, including economic recovery, are more pressing.

10

Jan


 When waste attacks: 5 big sewage disasters 



Here are some of the most serious city sewage disasters in history — and tips on how we can prevent future messes.
Here are some of the most serious city sewage disasters in history — and tips on how we can prevent future messes.

06

Oct

Sewage full of mystery virusesSamples of waste water from the U.S., Spain and Ethiopia demonstrate just how diverse viruses are.

Sewage full of mystery viruses
Samples of waste water from the U.S., Spain and Ethiopia demonstrate just how diverse viruses are.

21

Aug

Coral killed by human sewageHuman sewage is to blame for a disease that is killing elkhorn coral, listed as endangered several years ago because of a massive die-off.

Coral killed by human sewage
Human sewage is to blame for a disease that is killing elkhorn coral, listed as endangered several years ago because of a massive die-off.

17

Aug

After years of diminishing water supplies made even worse by drought, some areas are resorting to a plan that might have seemed absurd a generation ago: turning sewage into drinking water. Officials have worked to dispel any fears that people will be drinking their neighbors’ urine, promising that the system will yield clean, safe water.

After years of diminishing water supplies made even worse by drought, some areas are resorting to a plan that might have seemed absurd a generation ago: turning sewage into drinking water. Officials have worked to dispel any fears that people will be drinking their neighbors’ urine, promising that the system will yield clean, safe water.

23

Jun

Steak made from human poop passes taste testWould you eat a steak made from human sewage? Believe it or not, it’s already been taste-tested and approved.

Steak made from human poop passes taste test
Would you eat a steak made from human sewage? Believe it or not, it’s already been taste-tested and approved.

16

Jun

DontFlushMe: A NYC sewage level alert systemCode brown! DontFlushMe, an Internet-based alert system created to curb the discharge of raw sewage into NYC’s waterways, texts potential flushers and notifies them when it’s safe or unsafe to do so.

DontFlushMe: A NYC sewage level alert system
Code brown! DontFlushMe, an Internet-based alert system created to curb the discharge of raw sewage into NYC’s waterways, texts potential flushers and notifies them when it’s safe or unsafe to do so.

07

Feb

Household Sewage: Not Waste, but a Vast New Energy Resource

realcleverscience:

Sounds odd at first but after a few minutes you begin to wonder why we’re not already doing this. It also ties into the very important truth that you can’t dump stuff somewhere else… b/c there is no ‘somewhere else’. It’s one planet and we have to use it responsibly.

There’s no such thing as “garbage” in nature for a reason.

RCS Highlight:

[S]cientists are reporting that household sewage has far more potential as an alternative energy source than previously thought. They say the discovery, which increases the estimated potential energy in wastewater by almost 20 percent, could spur efforts to extract methane, hydrogen and other fuels from this vast and, as yet, untapped resource…

Elizabeth S. Heidrich and colleagues note that sewage treatment plants in the USA use about 1.5 percent of the nation’s electrical energy to treat 12.5 trillion gallons of wastewater a year. Instead of just processing and dumping this water, they suggest that in the future treatment facilities could convert its organic molecules into fuels, transforming their work from an energy drain to an energy source.