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Coverage of sewage systems since May 18, 2021.

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Flooding causes damage to 3 Merritt schools and closes Princeton's

"...The school district serves Merritt, Princeton and the surrounding areas, many of which have been significantly impacted by flooding and mudslides. The school district said it is working closely with health authorities and municipalities to provide support for families, such as a food and supply donation centre..."

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Port Alberni avoids flooding…this time

"...While Port Alberni’s new wastewater treatment plant is located in a low-lying area, a flooding incident like the one seen in Merritt is unlikely to happen here, says Rob Dickinson, the city’s director of engineering and public works. In Merritt, thousands of residents were evacuated because the city’s wastewater treatment system failed, filling the town with sewage-contaminated water..."

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Some evacuees allowed to return home as British Columbia braces for storm

"...“I am hopeful that this will put us in the best position to manage the rain that will come. ”Braun said the Barrowtown water pump station is also being fortified through sandbagging and additional pumping with help from the Canadian Armed Forces. After the last storm, he said damage could have been worse if the key pump station had failed..."

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LETTER – Flapper valves no match for harsh chemicals used in water treatment

"...I am sure that the CVRD is aware of the problem that their treated water is causing. I am disappointed that they have not made an effort to make this issue known to the public since we are subject to water rationing every summer. Not only is water being wasted from a finite source (Comox Lake) but uninformed homeowners who are on metered water could be paying for product that they’ve never had a chance to use, which just ends up in our sewage system..."

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City of Port Alberni gets serious about sewage with $65M infrastructure commitment

"...During a virtual council meeting on Sept. 7, director of engineering Rob Dickinson explained to council that the city has a combined stormwater and wastewater sewage system. Normally, the system carries everything to the city’s wastewater treatment facility..."

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Letter: Time to address water quality in Quamichan Lake

"...Lake property owners and farmers would be required to hook into our municipal sewage system — finally ending their use of medieval septic and storage systems..."

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District of Saanich to play leading role in cleaning up water at Elk/Beaver Lake

"...The ecosystem is in trouble as a result of increased human activity in the Colquitz River watershed. According to a report by Saanich staff, the water quality has deteriorated in the lake because nutrients – primarily phosphorus – have accumulated from the surrounding watershed due to agricultural and residential activities..."

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Rare stone discovered outlining ancient Rome's city limits

"...ROME -- Archeologists have discovered a rare stone delineating the city limits of ancient Rome that dates from the age of Emperor Claudius in 49 A. D. and was found during excavations for a new sewage system..."

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Mapping methane sources in Paris

"...A potent greenhouse gas, methane is released by many sources, both human and natural. Large cities emit significant amounts of methane, but in many cases the exact emission sources are unknown. Now, researchers reporting in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology have conducted mobile measurements of methane and its sources throughout Paris..."

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New algorithm could help identify COVID-19 outbreaks in neighbourhoods using wastewater data

"...Currently, municipalities such as the City of Ottawa have been collecting samples of untreated wastewater or sewage sludge and performing manual tests to determine the viral load within the samples. Researchers and public health officials have been using this data to predict a rise or fall in reported COVID-19 cases within the whole city..."

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's shadow figment technology foils cyberattacks

"...The technology is aimed at protecting physical targets--infrastructure such as buildings, the electric grid, water and sewage systems, and even pipelines. The technology was developed by scientists at the U. S..."

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EPC votes on provincial requirement to consider private-public partnership to fund sewage plant upgrades

"...WINNIPEG -- The City of Winnipeg says it is being required by the Manitoba government to consider a private-public partnership to complete upgrades to the North End Sewage Treatment Plant in order for the province to support its application for federal funding to help pay for the project..."

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Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about sewage systems.

Why Taxes are a Good Thing?

"...Taxes pay for roads, schools, public infrastructure like our drinking water and sewage systems..."

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If you can’t get out to nature, try bringing it indoors instead

"...Using inexpensive lights and other household objects, he brings shadows, reflections and calming patterns of nature into the house..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about sewage systems relevant to the latest news.

Obtaining the effect of sewage network on groundwater quality using MT3DMS code: Case study on Bojnourd plain

"...The results showed that the discharge of solid waste in the landfill site and domestic wastewater would severely affect the groundwater quality while implementing the municipal sewage system will improve the quality of groundwater significantly in the period of 15 years..."

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Survivor microbial populations in post-chlorinated wastewater are strongly associated with untreated hospital sewage and include

"...Wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent has been implicated in the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB), including pathogens, as the WWTP environment contains multiple selective pressures that may increase mutation rates, pathogen survivability, and induce gene transfer between bacteria..."

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Exploring the potential of microalgae in the recycling of dairy wastes

"...Non axenic cocultivation of microalgae together with microbial communities from the dairy wastes resulted in a marked decrease of their pollution load, thus reducing the necessity of expensive treatments before their discharge in the municipal sewage system..."

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Characterization of Localities with a High Likelihood of Illicit Connections between Runoff and Sewage Systems

"...Flooding of the sewage system is an environmental hazard often caused by illegal connections between drainage and sewage systems..."

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Seasonal contamination of well-water in flood-prone colonias and other unincorporated U.S. communities

"...While some states have regulations that mandate minimum infrastructure for these communities, water and sewage systems are still lacking for many of their residents..."

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Strategic design and finance of rainwater harvesting to cost-effectively meet large-scale urban water infrastructure needs

"...06 million buildings with distinct design and water demand characteristics and 20-year hourly precipitation records in New York City (NYC), we demonstrate, contrary to existing studies, that strategically designed, financed and implemented rooftop RWH systems in all or a subset of the buildings can meet large-scale infrastructure development needs for water supply and stormwater management..."

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Used-cooking-oil biodiesel: Life cycle assessment and comparison with first- and third-generation biofuel

"...Furthermore, used-cooking-oil valorisation for biodiesel production can address water pollution concerns from its disposal to the sewage system..."

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Impact of horizontal soil strain on flexible manhole riser deflection based on laboratory test results

"...Underground mining extraction causes deformation of the rock mass and the surface, which may cause damage to the construction of manholes, thus leading to the failure of the sewage system..."

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Ecotoxicity and antibiotic resistance of wastewater during transport in an urban sewage network

"...In this study, ecotoxicity and potential antibiotic resistance were used in a global method to assess the change of UWW quality in a sewage system and determine if sewer pipes can act as a bioreactor spread..."

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