A community's wastewater can predict coronavirus cases that haven't yet been diagnosed. The quicker that information is known, the better.
Treatment rates are still low in many developing countries.
Untreated wastewater is responsible for the deaths of 800 children under five every day, and inflicts serious damage to the environment. Knowing where sewage ends up is vital.
Detection of a virus in wastewater implies the presence of infected people in a community. It's not quite so simple though.
Damage to septic tanks is one of the major health hazards people face when they return to their bushfire-affected homes. It was simply dumb luck a disease outbreak didn't happen last summer.
The government plans to monitor sewage for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. And while this holds promise to tracking future local outbreaks, there are also some sticky ethical questions to consider.
The solids from wastewater plants are usually dumped into landfills because they are contaminated with heavy metals. Now there is a way to remove the metals so the waste can be used as fertilizer.
Scientists have a new approach to understanding how pollution threatens species at risk in Canada.
Flushable wipes have won a victory in the Federal Court, but you still shouldn't put them down the toilet.
As climate change threatens to bring more sudden rainstorms, we need to rethink the way we manage water.
Sydney's affluent eastern suburbs have raw and untreated sewage from 3,500 people discharged directly into the Tasman Sea.
Artificial intelligence can help manage floods effectively, but decisions about which communities are protected require a human touch.
Currently, all the value in sewage sludge is literally being flushed down the toilet.
Tougher penalties are a useful tool for environmental watchdogs.
Kumbh Mela is the world's largest congregation of people – so large, it's visible from space. However, river pollution is a major issue here and new solutions are needed.
Polio can be circulating through a community long before anyone is paralyzed. Monitoring sewage for the virus lets public health officials short-circuit this 'silent transmission.'
South Africa's local governments lack a clear separation of legislative and executive powers.
Many people board up their houses and stay in place during disasters – but often they aren't prepared to go without water, power or transportation for days or weeks afterward.
Do canal boats have toilets? Yes, and they're greener than your average bog.
Perth is looking at recycling all its sewage in the city's future water supply. But many Australians' drinking water already contains indirectly recycled treated sewage.