16 Jun '11, 2am

New toilet alert system lets New Yorkers know when it's safe to flush (we're not making this up

New toilet alert system lets New Yorkers know when it's safe to flush (we're not making this up

Poop-appeal aside, the goal of DontFlushMe is rather serious: to curb the egregious amount of raw sewage that New Yorkers flush into the city's waterways during Combined Sewage Overflows (CSOs), events where the sewer system is overloaded and wastewater has nowhere else to go but out . According to DontFlushMe creator Leif Percifield , about 27 billion gallons of raw sewage is pumped into the New York Harbor each year because of CSOs; wastewater discharge is the top source of water pollution in the harbor. DontFlushMe enables “residents to understand when the overflows happen and reduce their wastewater production before and during an overflow event.”

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/blogs/...

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