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06.04.15 Liam Mathews

A study by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction studied drug levels in wastewater in 50 European cities, the Guardian reports. They found that London’s sewage has the highest concentration of cocaine, at a daily average of 737 milligrams per 1,000 people in 2014. Amsterdam had the second highest concentration, and outstripped […]

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02.05.15 Christopher Inoa

The most romantic Valentine’s Day date in the city is not getting prime seats at some highly acclaimed Broadway play, but a tour of a sewage plant in Greenpoint. The Newton Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint, known for its design and two large, silver digester eggs, offers tours of its space age-looking facility. People […]

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09.18.14 Sophie Weiner

For those hoping to get in one last swim in the Gowanus Canal before summer officially ends, don’t. I Quant NY‘s latest map is an analysis of which waterways in New York are tested as unsafe for swimming the most often. The reason: too much poop. As I Quant NY’s Ben Wellington explains, when heavy rain occurs, New […]

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04.30.13 Julia Dawidowicz

God dammit, Sandy… Can’t you just go away forever already? Six months after the hurricane devastated the East Coast, many are still left without homes or schools to send their children to. And now, this shit. According to a report just released by Climate Central, Sandy caused more than 10.9 BILLION gallons of untreated sewage […]

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07.18.12 David Lumb

There’s legislation circling around in Albany that would require public alerts when wastewater spills into the Hudson River and other waterways–because currently, there’s no state law requiring the state’s 643 water treatment plants to give the public a heads up when shit spills into our water. FYI: overflows routinely occur during huge rainstorms and places […]

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03.21.12 Joseph Schulhoff

Starting in 2013, NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection will be offering a $125 voucher for those who wish to replace their water-guzzling old toilet for a toilet that uses less water. As stated in the DEP’s press release, the goal is to replace 800,000 toilets to reduce the city’s daily water consumption by 30 million […]

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