And other ways to enjoy open water safely this summer.
The UK needs to clean its rivers and coastlines, and could look to Europe for how to do it.
Thames Water has mapped its discharges in near real time. But we still need data on the volume of sewage dumped in rivers.
Water companies recently released raw sewage near more than 100 beaches across Britain.
These maps have gone viral – here’s what they owe to 19th century cholera campaigns.
The clue is in your poo. Two experts explain the history and science behind wastewater surveillance.
Up to 42,000 tonnes a year of microplastics are removed from sewage, spread on fields as fertiliser and eventually wash back into watercourses.
The amount of microplastics in the environment is being significantly underestimated, research shows.
There are myriad benefits to recycling human waste but our reluctance seems to be based on distaste.
In spite of monsoon season and cyclone Nivar, the most recent floods are largely man-made disasters.
The roadmap predicts that by the 2030s, the sector could boost Australia’s annual GDP by around A$10 billion, create 26,200 jobs and reduce emissions by about 9%.
Water and sewerage companies should not be responsible for reporting pollution.
Victorian-era engineering is struggling under decades of underinvestment.
Chemicals in drugs can be excreted unchanged, infiltrating waterways via sewage and effluent.
Don’t share your toilet with your pet, or treat your toilet like a flushable garbage bin. It could lead to dangerous diseases, and clog sewer pipes.
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.