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Water Pollution: SEWAGE
Transcript of Water Pollution: SEWAGE
Effects of sewage on U.S. States In Hamilton County, Ohio, a single sewer discharges 75 million gallons of untreated sewage into Mill Creek each year, including during summer months when children swim in the river.
In Indianapolis, more than 1 billion gallons of untreated sewage are discharged into the environment each year because treatment plants cannot handle the flow during wet weather.
In Michigan, 2,000 homes sustained sewer-related damage in 1999 and 2000.
In Washington, D.C., a half-inch of rain can make sewers overflow into the Anacostia River, which runs through the heart of the city. What exactly is Sewage? The term sewage is used to describe liquid wastes containing a mixture of human feces and wastewater from non-industrial human activities such as bathing, washing, and cleaning. How do we end up with Raw Sewage runoff??? Raw sewage is supposed to be carried to wastewater treatment plants for processing. Yet our sewage collection systems, some beings as old as 200 years, are plagued by broken, leaking or overloaded pipes that allow untreated sewage to be released directly into the environment on a routine basis.
What are the effects of Raw Sewage Runoff? Untreated sewage carries a dangerous cargo of infectious bacteria, viruses, parasites and toxic chemicals.
Often, it winds up in our recreational and drinking water. Also in groundwater and in the basements of our homes,
It ends up taking a severe toll on human health and the environment:
Each year, 1.8 million to 3.5 million illnesses are caused by swimming in water contaminated by sewage overflows, and an additional 500,000 from drinking contaminated water. Example Clearwater Educator Maija Neimisto and Yonkers resident Andy Hudak sampled some suspected contaminated water in Yonkers, New York and their results were shocking.
There was a huge amount of sewage leaking into the water.
Local and State agencies knew about the discharge , an estimated 4.4 million gallons coming from a broken sewage main in Tarrytown. Was the public notified? No. Were people kayaking and fishing nearby? Yes. What can we do to prevent the effects of sewage? -The United States needs massive improvements in the integrity and capacity of its sewage systems
- The government should establish a trust fund for clean water, much like the ones that already exist for highways and airports.
-The government should also do its best to enforce the Clean Water Act which in turn would help to protect the environmnet and overall public health.