Wastewater

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A Century Later, the Expensive Lesson of Reversing the Chicago River

Running the numbers on a proposal to separate the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.

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San Francisco Wants You to Fall in Love With Its Sewer System

Why the city is putting toilet-humor ads on public buses, like "Your #2 is my #1" and "No one deals with more crap than I do."

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'Microbial Batteries' Could Soon Allow Us to Harvest Electricity From Wastewater

Stanford scientists say they've figured out how, and now the challenge will be to make it cheap enough to do on a large scale.

The Best (and First?) Sci-Fi Novel Ever Set in a Wastewater Treatment Plant

An "ancient evil" has awoken in the Bay Area and is making life hell for sewage workers, according to a new novel by a real-life sewage professional.

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More Than Half of America's Rivers Are Very Polluted

A new report by the EPA found that the majority of rivers and streams can't support healthy aquatic life.

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How Sewage Reveals a City's Drug Habits

A multi-city study of wastewater shows how drug use varies.