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Pro Tip for Rio Travelers: 'Don't Put Your Head Underwater'

AP study finds waters in Olympic city are still dangerously contaminated

(Newser) - Just days ahead of the Olympic Games, Rio waterways are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by the AP . Not only are some 1,400 athletes at risk of getting violently ill in water competitions,... More »

Rio's Newest Problem: 'Super Bacteria' in the Water

And a nasty oil slick in Guanabara Bay, right where sailors are set to compete

(Newser) - Rio de Janeiro has been plagued by body parts on beaches , muggings , and Zika fears ahead of the Summer Olympics, and now a "super bacteria" has entered the mix. Brazilian scientists say the drug-resistant bacteria was found along the coast of popular beaches including Flamengo and Botafogo, both of... More »

Baltimore Woman Sues Mayor for Violent Toilet Explosion

She was 'blown off' the toilet seat, suffered injuries and 'mental anguish': suit

(Newser) - A Baltimore woman who says she was blown off of her toilet when it exploded in November 2014, causing her physical injuries and PTSD, as well as loads of physical damage to her home, is now suing the city's mayor and City Council, as well as a couple of... More »

Brilliant Thieves Suck Bus Fuel— Er, No, Sewage

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(Newser) - Turns out that stealing gas from a tour bus is more nuanced than one might think, as demonstrated by a would-be thief or set of thieves earlier this month in Australia. In what the Mirror refers to as a simple case of "mixing up poo and petrol," Laverton... More »

Think Septic Tanks Keep Poo Out of Our Water? Er, No

The largest watershed study of its kind to date looks for, and finds, lots of poop

(Newser) - In the largest watershed study of its kind, Michigan State University researchers have sampled 64 river systems in the state for E. coli and the human fecal bacteria B-theta and found that, in a nutshell, septic tanks aren't working. At least not as well as experts thought. The researchers... More »

5-Year-Old Dies in Alaska Sewage Lagoon

Daphne Mochin and 2 friends apparently climbed under fence to access lagoon

(Newser) - A 5-year-old girl playing with her friends died after falling into an Alaskan sewage lagoon, reports Alaska Dispatch News . Daphne Mochin and two friends were hanging out Monday evening when they were seen riding their bikes in the direction of a school playground in the village of Manokotak, KDLG reports.... More »

Microbes May Be Doing Something Wild in Our Sewage

Levels of certain pharmaceuticals go up after wastewater is treated

(Newser) - Drugs in our sewage are an issue of continuing concern: A few years back, researchers found that treatment plants were only getting rid of about half of them. Now, a new study suggests that the problem goes beyond a failure to eradicate the drugs: Researchers found that levels of two... More »

11-Ton 'Fatberg' Breaks London Sewer

This is just plain gross

(Newser) - Things that weigh less than the "fatberg" removed from a London sewer: 18 horses, 3 Hummer H2s, or 77,000 iPhone 6s. A "fatberg" is what is created when congealed fat and unflushable items (think sanitary napkins, diapers, wipes, the Independent notes) combine in the sewer to create,... More »

'Toxic Poopsicle' Closes Indiana Exit Ramp

Tanker truck dumps up to 400 gallons of raw sewage on roadway—and then it froze

(Newser) - Cleanup workers from the Indiana DOT probably wished they had called in sick yesterday: A tanker truck dumped (officials think accidentally) between 300 and 400 gallons of raw sewage all over an I-65 exit ramp leading onto Highway 18, the Lafayette Journal and Courier reports. More »

Your City's Sewage Could Hold $2.6M in Gold and Silver

Not that we'd recommend looking for it

(Newser) - The sewage being treated by your city could be a veritable gold mine. That's because all kinds of metals end up in sewage sludge, which is the leftovers from treated sewage, Science reports. Researchers in Arizona recently found that a city of a million people could generate up to... More »

Beer Brewed From Sewer Water? Maybe

Clean Water Services wants to see it happen in Portland

(Newser) - There's water being turned into wine and then there's this: A Portland company wants to turn sewage into water—and then have beer brewed from that water. Clean Water Services operates four metro-area wastewater treatment plants, and it's asked the state of Oregon for the green light... More »

In Rio's Olympic Waters: Corpses, Sewage

Rio has a long way to go in clean up of Guanabara Bay

(Newser) - With the clock ticking on Rio's 2016 Olympics and tongues wagging about its lack of preparedness , the New York Times today turns to a rather disgusting item on the Games' checklist that Brazil seems to have missed: Guanabara Bay, the site of the sailing and windsurfing events. Despite Brazil'... More »

Valley Forge Flooded With Sewage

5M gallons of the stuff, to be exact

(Newser) - Perhaps today's most disgusting news: A sewer main at Valley Forge National Historic Park broke yesterday, sending 5,000 gallons of sewage per minute into the creek at the Pennsylvania park. Crews worked overnight to repair the 30-inch main, which had also broken six weeks ago, NBC Philadelphia reports.... More »

Treatment Plants May Miss Half the Drugs in Sewage

Antibiotics, herbicide among chemicals found in Great Lakes study

(Newser) - Treatment plants may only be getting rid of about half the drugs and other "chemicals of emerging concern" that turn up in our sewage, a study finds. Officials in a joint US-Canadian study of the Great Lakes assessed 42 of these chemicals using a decade's worth of data,... More »

You're Flushing Tons of Things That You Shouldn't

'Flushable' wipes, paper towels are major causes of sewer clogs

(Newser) - Wastewater officials across the country are trying to spread the message that you can't just flush anything down the toilet, and they're taking particular aim at wipes. Vancouver, Wash., has a campaign called "Smart Bunnies" that shows a bespectacled rabbit sitting on a toilet and the tag... More »

15-Ton 'Fatberg' Nearly Blew Lid Off London Sewers

Wet wipes, cooking fats caused bus-sized blockage

(Newser) - Cooking grease and wet wipes joined forces in the sewers of London to create a revolting 15-ton, bus-sized glob of slime workers dubbed a "fatberg." Waste disposal officials say the blockage is the biggest of its kind ever found and if it hadn't been removed in the... More »

Sewage Pipe Baby's Mom: It Was an Accident

She says she raised the alarm after newborn fell through hole

(Newser) - The mother of a baby boy saved from a sewage pipe in China says she "deeply regrets" what happened—but she was the one who raised the alarm. The 22-year-old woman, who is unmarried and had concealed her pregnancy, says the newborn slipped through a hole in the squat... More »

Baby Rescued From 4-Inch Sewage Pipe

Chinese boy stable after apparently being flushed down toilet

(Newser) - A baby boy, likely just days old, is safe after Chinese rescuers pulled him from a four-inch sewage pipe. It appears the baby was flushed down the toilet; apartment building residents heard him crying, the BBC reports. When rescuers arrived on the scene, they were unable to pull the baby... More »

$750K of Whisky Poured Down Drain

Mix-up at Chivas plant sent more than 4K gallons into sewers

(Newser) - Who knew the Pogues' "Streams of Whiskey" was more than just a metaphor? A mix-up at a Chivas Brothers plant in Scotland in the wee hours of Tuesday morning resulted in around 4,750 gallons of whisky—about $750,000 worth—getting flushed down the drain, reports the Scottish ... More »

Sewage Sloshing Through Halls of Disabled Cruise Ship

Carnival cruise ship a day away from port

(Newser) - The unhappiest place on Earth may currently be about 200 miles south of Alabama. The Carnival Triumph cruise ship continues its slow journey to that southern state via two tugboats after an engine-room fire took out its main power source on Sunday—leaving it adrift and disabling its water and... More »

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