Single Systems: Great Lakes cities’ sewer designs mean waste in the waters

Single Systems: Great Lakes cities’ sewer designs mean waste in the waters (Lake Ontario)

The video shot in the summer of 2016 is grisly.

In it, Mark Mattson, co-founder of the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, displays materials skimmed from the Toronto harbor, which lies along the northwestern end of Lake Ontario.

As his small boat bobs in the water, he lays them on a wooden oar: slimy condoms, tampons and wet naps.

And he points to a likely culprit: the millions of gallons of raw … [more…]

Fort Lauderdale’s polluted waterways need help: Here come the oysters

Fort Lauderdale’s polluted waterways need help: Here come the oysters

Photo: Mike Lambrechts — The Broward chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association is providing homes for oysters to filter water in Fort Lauderdale’s sewage-contaminated waterways.

As broken sewage pipes foul Fort Lauderdale’s waterways, a group of conservationists has begun deploying one of the world’s most formidable filtration systems.

A single oyster can cleanse more than 50 gallons of water a day. Volunteers with Coastal Conservation Association, a recreational fishing and … [more…]

Coronavirus doesn’t jeopardize tap water, but it might be carried in raw sewage

Coronavirus doesn’t jeopardize tap water, but it might be carried in raw sewage

Brian Wright, 22, picks up bottled water out of a shopping cart while much of the bottled water has already been sold for the day at the Stater Bros. market in Rancho Cucamonga Monday afternoon March 16, 2020. Health, evnironmental and water officials say tap water is entirely safe from the new coronavirus because of mandatory treatment already in place. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Bottled water … [more…]

State chips in money for project to try to “destroy” PFAS in wastewater

State chips in money for project to try to "destroy" PFAS in wastewater

Photo: The sample room at the Grand Rapids wastewater treatment facility. DUSTIN DWYER / MICHIGAN RADIO

The swirling liquid rushes into concrete channels behind a black chain-link fence.

“That is what sewage looks like,” says Nicole Pasch, who works in Environmental Services for the city of Grand Rapids.

Pasch is showing off the wastewater treatment facility, along with the various stages the sewage has to pass through before it can … [more…]

Flint Water Crisis Worsens, City Spills 2 Million Gallons of Sewage Into Flint River

Flint Water Crisis Worsens, City Spills 2 Million Gallons of Sewage Into Flint River

The Flint River is shown in downtown Flint April 20, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Photo: Bill Pugliano (Getty Images)

As if residents of Flint, Mich., haven’t endured enough when it comes to the city’s water supply, they now have millions of gallons of raw sewage to contend with.

From MLive:

The city dumped an estimated 2 million gallons of untreated sewage into the Flint River Sunday, Aug. 18, just months

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