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Sewage Spills and Sewage Sludge

Sewage Spills and Sewage Sludge

Aging sewer pipes cause breaks and releases of toxic sewage into our streets and waterways. In Fort Lauderdale, over 200 million gallons of sewage spilled into the cities waterways within two months. This stinky mess results in fish, crab, oyster, and plankton deaths. Leaks happen across the state weekly. Raw sewage may contain bacteria, hepatitis A, and parasites. These sewage spills can disrupt ecosystems, pollute rivers and lakes, and contaminate drinking water. 

Every summer, we have a ban on fertilizer with nutrients that can feed harmful algae blooms but allow landowners to dump "Class B" waste as fertilizer. Sewage sludge contains a highly carried amount of organic chemicals, toxic metals, chemical irritants, and pathogens. There is an unknown amount of harmful toxins in these biosolids, including carcinogenic chemicals such as PFAS. A 2002 study by the University of Georgia found higher reports of ill-health symptoms and diseases near biosolids permitted fields. Spreading sewage sludge risks decades of environmental restorations to improve water quality. 

There are different solutions to these growing issues like limiting pollution at its source, better laws to protect the environment, and establishing limits on pollution that's protective of health. We can also take action through the personal choices we make by looking for non-toxic solutions.

Recommended Reading:

Environmental Florida: Troubled Waters 


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