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  • Coronavirus in sewage foreshadowed outbreak in Dutch city

    04/01/2020 10:05:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Deutsch Welle ^ | March 31, 2020 | by Elliot Douglas
    Researchers in the Netherlands said on Monday that the pathogen that causes COVID-19 was present in the sewage system of a Dutch city weeks before the first cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the same city through testing. The research indicates that sewage surveillance could be a useful tool in detecting whether coronavirus is present in a population before testing patients. Traces of the virus SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are present in the feces of many infected people. This means that testing wastewater for the pathogen can be a good way to determine whether coronavirus is present in...
  • Report: San Diego Secures $300M to Intercept Mexico Sewage

    02/02/2020 6:12:57 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 13 replies ^ | Sunday, February 2nd 2020, 1:27 PM PST | by Lakota Jaussen
    The San Diego region will get $300 million in federal funding for a new U.S. facility to capture sewage spills from Mexico before they foul shorelines north of the border.
  • EPA alleges city (San Francisco) dumped sewage into ocean, violating Clean Water Act

    10/05/2019 3:40:43 AM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 10/02/19
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday accused the city of San Francisco of violating the Clean Water Act by allegedly dumping untreated wastewater into oceans. In a letter to San Francisco Public Utilities Commission General Manager Harlan Kelly, Regional EPA Administrator Michael Stoker said the city is failing to operate and properly maintain its wastewater collection facilities and failing to comply with water quality standards, among other violations. The letter alleged the city discharged some two billion gallons of untreated sewer water into the ocean annually. “The failure to properly operate and maintain the city’s sewage collection and treatment...
  • Gee whiz: Testing of sewage confirms rise in marijuana use

    06/22/2019 9:09:24 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 27 replies
    The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) ^ | 06/20/2019 | GENE JOHNSON
    <p>A federally funded study has confirmed, not surprisingly, that marijuana use went up in Washington state after its first legal pot stores opened in 2014. In fact, consumption appeared to double, at least in one major city, over three years — a conclusion scientists reached by way of the unglamorous work of analyzing raw sewage.</p>
  • Gee whiz: Testing of sewage confirms rise in marijuana use

    06/20/2019 6:29:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 20, 2019 | Gene Johnson
    The proof is in the pee. A federally funded study has confirmed, not surprisingly, that marijuana use went up in Washington state after its first legal pot stores opened in 2014. In fact, consumption appeared to double, at least in one major city, over three years — a conclusion scientists reached by way of the unglamorous work of analyzing raw sewage. “It’s stinky,” said lead author Dan Burgard, a chemist at the University of Puget Sound. “But we’ve worked with urine, we’ve worked with wastewater, and we’ve worked with port-a-potties. It’s not as bad a port-a-potties.” The research entailed driving...
  • Egypt Pumps Toxic Gas into Smuggling Tunnel, Killing Two Palestinians

    02/11/2019 4:16:51 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 51 replies
    Jpost ^ | 2/11/19 | Anna Ahronheim
    Two Palestinians died Monday and several others injured after Egyptian troops pumped toxic fumes into a smuggling tunnel stretching into the Sinai Peninsula from the Gaza Strip. The Hamas-run Gaza Interior Ministry was quoted by Wafa news as identifying the two as 39-year-old Hamas officer Abdul Hamid al-Aker, who was killed during a “security mission to inspect the tunnel,” and 28-year-old Sobhi Abu Qarshin. Abu Qarshin was said to have died during a rescue attempt. Several other security personnel were rescued by civil defense teams from inside the tunnel and were rushed to hospital, where they were described as being...
  • Vanity: So I was at work today and a customer said he found pictures of Trump for sale

    03/04/2018 8:58:13 PM PST · by Reddy · 48 replies
    myself ^ | 03/07/2018 | myself
    So I was at work today and a customer said he found pictures of Trump for sale. I said that I didn't know we had those available (clueless). He said, "Yeah, they were in the BATHROOM surrounded by a horseshoe frame." I said, "So, you are not a fan." He said that he wasn't a fan and that he had "the guy in the back" cracking up about his hilarious description of how his rump was exposed to Trump. I said, "Well, I guess no one loves everyone all of the time." What I wanted to say was, "Hey, you...
  • You Probably Don't Want To Know About Haiti's Sewage Problems

    02/01/2018 5:24:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 41 replies
    NPR ^ | July 29, 2017· | DON GONYEA
    , HOST: Port-au-Prince, Haiti is a city of more than 3 million people with no sewer system. International donors have spent millions of dollars on infrastructure meant to help the situation. But a multi-year plan to build sewage treatment plants all over the country has stalled. And residents say things are getting worse. Rebecca Hersher reports. REBECCA HERSHER, BYLINE: Port-au-Prince's low cinderblock housing projects are the frontline of the sewage problem in the city. Project Drouillard or Project D is hopping on a sunny Friday afternoon. Men are playing dominoes. Kids are shooting marbles in the narrow dirt alleyways. (CROSSTALK)...
  • Haiti's 'Bayakou': Hauling Away Human Excrement By Hand

    01/16/2018 11:06:45 AM PST · by DesertRhino · 55 replies
    NPR ^ | July 30, 2917 | Rebecca Hersher
    Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is one of the largest cities in the world without a central sewage system. Most of the more than 3 million residents use outhouses and rely on workers with some of the worst jobs in the world, hauling away human excrement by hand one bucket at a time. The men are called bayakou, and they work in the dark by candlelight. Rebecca Hersher spent a night with a group of them.
  • Port-Au-Prince: A City of Millions Without a Sewer System

    01/13/2018 9:20:53 AM PST · by PBRCat · 70 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | April 13, 2012 | Richard Knox
    Port-au-Prince is about the size of Chicago. But it doesn't have a sewer system. It's one of the largest cities in the world without one. That's a big problem, but never more so than during a time of cholera... the disease is endemic — more than a half-million people have gotten sick and at least 7,050 have died. The cumulative sewage of 3 million people flows through open ditches. It mixes with ubiquitous piles of garbage. Each night, an all-but-invisible army of workers called bayakou descend into man-sized holes with buckets to remove human waste from septic pits and latrines,...
  • Imperial Beach officials say shoreline hit by Tijuana sewage without warning, residents fall ill

    11/02/2017 7:44:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    sandiego union tribune ^ | Joshua Emerson Smith
    Officials with the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission, or IBWC, said they received word from the agency’s Mexican counterpart, the Comision Internacional de Limites y Aguas, or CILA, there was no report of a spill. “We did speak with Mexico, and we got through to CILA, and they said there’s no information regarding a spill,” said Lori Kuczmanski, spokeswoman for IBWC... Spearheaded by Dedina, an effort is building throughout the county to take the IBWC to court to force the federal agency to ramp up pressure on Mexico to stop the sewage spills. Imperial Beach and Chula Vista, as...
  • Mexican sewage warfare blocking border enforcement, agent warns

    08/21/2017 8:49:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/21/2017 | Monica Showalter
    Are the Mexicans using "sewage warfare" against U.S. Border Patrol agents?  A top Border Patrol agent warns that something isn't right out there. Christopher J. Harris, senior patrol agent at the Border Patrol and a top official with Local 16 of the National Border Patrol Council, told an American Freedom Alliance conference Sunday in Los Angeles that the situation in Imperial Beach, where Mexican raw sewage is being pumped onto San Diego beaches with impunity, is more than just ruined beaches and noxious smells, as the media have reported.  It's a toxic hazard to those who serve in the capacity of...
  • The City of Chattanooga's Sewage Vs. Local Residents

    06/06/2017 6:47:47 AM PDT · by Trumpnation · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6/6/17 | JR
    This is how the city cleans a sewage overflow on Memphis Drive, they spray the sewage and toxic industrial chemicals from Dupont and Invista and whoever else in the woods. "They keep letting the sewage pour out. This is there fix to everything, throw a little lime down to hide their crimes. I've called and complained about this as well as many of my neighbors. I'm on record calling, I've documented everything with video of the city engaged in violations like this as well as spraying raw sewage in the woods they were supposed to be cleaning up. When we...
  • Large sewage spill in Tijuana, Mexico, flows north of border

    02/25/2017 1:15:33 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 35 replies
    Sacramento Bee | AP ^ | 2/25/17 | CHRISTOPHER WEBER
    Officials in Southern California are crying foul after more than 140 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Tijuana River in Mexico and flowed north of the border for more than two weeks, according to a report. The spill was caused Feb. 2 during rehabilitation of a sewage collector pipe and wasn't contained until Thursday, the International Boundary and Water Commission said in its report released Friday. The river drains into the Pacific Ocean on the U.S. side. Serge Dedina, the mayor of Imperial Beach, California, said residents of his city and other coastal communities just north of the...
  • Mimicking nature turns sewage into biocrude oil in minutes

    11/05/2016 11:55:34 AM PDT · by tekrat · 27 replies
    New Atlas ^ | 11/3/2016 | David Szondy
    Biofuels are often touted as an alternative to fossil fuels, but many depend on raw materials that would quickly become scarce if production were scaled up. As an alternative to these alternatives, the US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has found a way to potentially produce 30 million barrels of biocrude oil per year from the 34 billion gal (128 billion liters) of raw sewage that Americans create every day. According to PNNL, the problem with using sewage as a source material for biocrude is it's too wet and requires drying before more conventional processes can handle...
  • DNC apologizes after campaign bus dumps raw sewage

    10/19/2016 3:41:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 19, 2016 5:38 AM EDT
    The Democratic National Committee has apologized after one of its campaign buses was spotted dumping raw sewage along a road outside Atlanta. News outlets report a Lawrenceville auto shop employee alerted police Tuesday morning after witnessing the sewage getting dumped into a storm drain. The bus, which bears the slogan “Forward Together” and features the likenesses of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine, was in town for an early voting event. …
  • Why the new DC sewage treatment plant that is "turning poop into power" is kind of a huge waste...

    10/08/2015 9:36:01 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 15 replies
    American Irony ^ | 10-8-15 | The Looking Spoon
    From the Washington Post:The next time you flush in the nation’s capital, you might consider this: You — or, more precisely, whatever you have flushed — will help generate clean energy. D.C. Water, which also treats sewage from much of the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs, recently became the first utility in North America to use a Norwegian thermal hydrolysis system to convert the sludge left over from treated sewage into electricity. Yes, to put it bluntly, the city’s sewage treatment plant is turning poop into power. It's actually a pretty interesting system, which you can see here.I'm reminded of...
  • Brewers tasked with turning sewage into suds

    04/29/2015 6:42:37 AM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies ^ | April 29, 2015 | STEVEN DUBOIS
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Some companies boast of making beer with spring water from majestic mountains. They won't be competing in the upcoming Pure Water Brew Challenge, in which an Oregon wastewater treatment operator has asked home brewers to make great-tasting beer from hops, barley, yeast and the key, not-so-secret ingredient: treated sewer water.
  • German Schoolboy Drops Phone on Fishing Trip, Drains Entire Pond to Look For It

    08/02/2014 5:49:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Saturday 2 Aug 2014
    There are people who definitely are a bit too attached to their smartphone, but this determined German schoolboy is in another league entirely. A boy enjoying a fishing trip with a group of friends accidentally dropped his iPhone over the side of the boat – so he decided to drain the entire pond. The 16-year-old took matters into his own hands after the angling club refused to let him use his diving suit to retrieve the device, sneaking back later that night armed with a powerful pump and two hoses. ‘I thought two pumps would drain enough of the water...
  • Journalism No Longer the Worst Job In America—Barely

    04/17/2014 7:40:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 17, 2014 | Don Irvine
    Journalism, which was ranked as the worst job in America last year, inched up a notch to finish at number 199, just ahead of lumberjack on CareerCast’s latest list of the top 200 best and worst jobs in the U.S. for 2014. By “worst jobs,” they are referring to employment opportunities. This is a reversal of last year when lumberjack came in at 199, after finishing at number 200 in 2012. Neither job has a very bright future, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating that logging positions will drop by 9% by 2022, and reporters by 13%. Logging has...