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A New Take on Sewage: How to Harness the Superpowers of Poo and Pee for Better Ecological and Human Health

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 13:31
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October 20th, 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

What happens when we flush the toilet is not normally high on the list of dinner table topics, but a few forward thinking individuals are taking the subject seriously. Since water security, ecology and health are all top concerns facing us today, technology that addresses our wasteful bathroom and household practices is nothing to be scorned. In fact, our poo and pee can be environmental champions, if given half a chance.

A New Take on Sewage

“Think of your poo and pee as a health smoothie for a tree.” ~ Molly Winter in “The Taboo Secret to Better Health”

When indoor plumping was invented, it was viewed as a hallmark of advanced civilization. But there’s a dark side to modern plumbing that we rarely consider. Beyond the sheer volume of water used to flush a toilet, take a shower or run a load of laundry, we also significantly pollute our natural waterways.

One example is prescription meds. Since only about half of all pharmaceutical drugs are filtered by traditional sewage treatment plants, an alarming number are showing up in our rivers, streams and oceans — to the point where salmon swimming in contaminated water are testing positive for a range of prescription meds, as well as street drugs. It’s not just salmon being affected, the entire eco-system is at risk. And humans aren’t immune from the problem either. Seven million people get sick annually from drinking sewage contaminated water here in the U.S. — and 900 die.

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