27 Apr '12, 7pm

High Tech DIY Sensors Could Help Keep Billions of Gallons of Raw Sewage Out of NYC Harbor

High Tech DIY Sensors Could Help Keep Billions of Gallons of Raw Sewage Out of NYC Harbor

Every year, 27 billion gallons of raw sewage gets dumped into New York City's harbor. That's a lot of waste, even for a city the size of New York. And it's not supposed to happen. But whenever the city's sewer system is overloaded—thanks to heavy rainfall, flooding, or overuse—the Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) open up and spew out the excess waste. Obviously, regularly dumping billions of gallons of untreated sewage into a body of water (even one as polluted as the NYC harbor) is a major environmental hazard. Enter Lief Percifield's 'Don't Flush Me' project . Percifield is a design student at Parsons, and after a project left him up close and personal with the horrendous water quality of the Gowanus Canal, he decided to dedicate his skills to developing a system that could help New Yorkers prevent the needless discharge. Brian Merchant/CC BY 2.0 I met Percifield last wee...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/high-tech-diy-sensors-c...

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