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Teen Killed After Falling Into Open Sewer

Jacob Goulet, 16, disappeared Friday night in a driving rainstorm

(Newser) - Sad news out of Nashua, NH, after police say they believe a body found floating in a river is that of a high school student who likely plunged 20 feet into an open sewer. Jacob Goulet, 16, was last seen Friday night after he left a friend's house during... More »

A Fugitive Is Missing in New Jersey's Sewers

Officials hope he got away

(Newser) - This is one fugitive who authorities hope managed to get away. Keith Jean fled into the sewer system in Newark, NJ, two weeks ago after swimming across the Passaic River to get away from police, and there's been no sign of him since either inside or outside the sewer... More »

Utility Workers Save Engagement Ring From Sewer

Ring accidentally got flushed down a toilet

(Newser) - A team of utility workers in Jurupa Valley, Calif., performed a small miracle for a bride-to-be when they retrieved her engagement ring from the sewer after she accidentally flushed it, ABC News reports. Carissa Wolter had put the ring, along with a pair of diamond earrings, on a tissue while... More »

3 Nabbed for 'Treasure Hunt' in NYC's Putrid Sewers

'God knows what they were looking for': NY police commissioner

(Newser) - It helps to have friends in high places to get you into low places—in this case, the fetid NYC sewer system. A worker for the city's Department of Environmental Protection and two fellow treasure-hunters were arrested on trespassing and other charges early Thursday after residents in a quiet... 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 »

Cell Phone Saves Guy Who Fell Down Sewer

Chicago man managed to remain calm in 911 call

(Newser) - A man who fell 20 feet into an open suburban Chicago storm sewer was able to call for help on his cell phone and direct rescuers to the hole. Recordings of the man's 911 calls released on Tuesday show he remained calm even though he was trapped underground for... 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 »

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 »

US Water Infrastructure Going Down the Tubes

Billions needed to keep water flowing

(Newser) - Water and sewer systems, among the most basic things needed to keep civilized society going, are in danger of falling apart across America. Around a quarter of drinking water already leaks from pipes before it reaches the faucet, and without urgent repairs to the vast majority of water systems—many... More »

Man Swept Through Sewers, Rescued on Golf Course

Daniel Collins survives one-mile sewage-filled trip

(Newser) - A Missouri man was swept a mile down a sewer line before finally finding himself rescued … at the 15th hole of a golf course. Daniel Collins, 30, was working on a team reinforcing city pipes yesterday when he entered the sewer system and was caught in the current. Because... More »

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