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Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour – “Flush To Finish”

A very interesting video on how wastewater is turned into clean water at a typical sewage treatment plant ...

Most sewage treatment is biological (natural bacteria) encouraged by heat and stirring up of the sewage. Then there is screening. Chemicals are used very sparingly in sewage treatment, due to the the risk of chlorine disinfection byproducts, which cause cancer.

Google Maps: Waste Water Treatment Plants Of New York State

Do you live in a place that is hooked up to a sewer? This map shows the location of the outflows from every permitted sewage treatment in New York State., along with a detailed listing of the technologies used at each sewage treatment plant. Light blue are small plants, yellow and green are mid-size while red are very large sewage treatment plants.

Data Source: Current Descriptive Data of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants. https://data.ny.gov/Energy-Environment/Current-Descriptive-Data-of-Municipal-Wastewater-T/g5a2-qa6a

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

"Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health."

"Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an investigation by Orb Media, who shared the findings with the Guardian. Overall, 83% of the samples were contaminated with plastic fibres."

"The US had the highest contamination rate, at 94%, with plastic fibres found in tap water sampled at sites including Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, and Trump Tower in New York. Lebanon and India had the next highest rates."

The 14-Year-Old Who Convinced People to Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide

"The compound can corrode and rust metal and cause severe burns, the paper correctly argued. If you consume it, it can cause bloating and excessive urination and sweating. Thousands of people in the U.S. die from its accidental ingestion every year. If you are dependent on it, going through withdrawal can kill you. It’s found in significant quantities in acid rain, tumors, and more. Armed with this information and asked what the world should do about the threat of DHMO, 43 of Zohner’s classmates voted to ban the compound, citing its deadly nature. Lucky for them, no lawmaker would agree: DHMO is the chemical formula for water."

Popsicles Made From 100 Different Polluted Water Sources Grab World’s Attention

"These popsicles might look like the sort of thing you’d expect to find being served from a quirky organic artisanal food truck, but one bite could leave you very ill indeed, because they’re actually made from sewage found in the polluted waters of Taiwan."

"They were made by three design students for the Polluted Water Popsicles project, which aims to raise awareness about rising water pollution due to rapid economic growth and urbanization. Water was taken from 100 different water sources in Taiwan and turned into frozen toxic popsicles before Hung I-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Cheng Yu-ti from the National Taiwan University of Arts recreated them using transparent polyester resin. They even made wrappers for them that represented the different regions from which the polluted water samples were taken. While the trash in the water was varied, about 90 percent of it was plastic, and the popsicles contain everything from bottle caps and plastic bags to bottles and chopstick wrappers. It’s a simple yet effective way of getting us to think about water pollution from a totally different perspective. Popsicle anyone?"