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Septic Systems, Climate Change, and a Looming Eco-Catastrophe

Millions of Americans can no longer take that flush for granted

(Newser) - For millions of American homeowners and their communities, the problem with septic systems is not just another seemingly distant threat due to climate change. It’s all happening right now; and, yes, it is projected to get worse. Per a detailed report by the Washington Post, rising sea and groundwater...

Oregon Woman Trapped in Septic Tank for Days

She fell in while doing maintenance work

(Newser) - An Oregon woman almost died in an extremely unpleasant way after falling into a septic tank at her rural home, authorities say. Firefighters believe the Clackamas County woman was doing maintenance work when she fell into the tank, where she was trapped for up to three days, KPTV reports. "...

Lightning Lit Up the Skies. Then Her Toilet Blew Up

Marylou Ward's toilet exploded after lightning hit septic tank

(Newser) - Some people stay out of the shower during a lightning storm; Marylou Ward may be staying off the toilet during one from here on in. That's because, per FOX 13 , the Port Charlotte, Fla., resident is still cleaning up the wreckage in her bathroom and on other parts of...

After Toddler Falls Into Septic Tank, a Frantic Rescue

Mom and big sister of Thorin Hess team up to rescue and revive him

(Newser) - A toddler in Washington state who fell into a septic tank is alive because of his big sister. The AP reports the incident took place in the Tacoma suburb of Edgewood on Wednesday morning, when the boy, identified by KIRO-7 as 2-year-old Thorin Hess, plunged into the tank after stepping...

Think Septic Tanks Keep Poo Out of Our Water? Er, No
Think Septic Tanks Keep Poo Out of Our Water? Er, No
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Think Septic Tanks Keep Poo Out of Our Water? Er, No

The largest watershed study of its kind to date looks for, and finds, lots of poop

(Newser) - In the largest watershed study of its kind, Michigan State University researchers have sampled 64 river systems in the state for E. coli and the human fecal bacteria B-theta and found that, in a nutshell, septic tanks aren't working. At least not as well as experts thought. The researchers...

Murder Charge for Mom of Boy Found in Septic Tank

Ashley White accused of accidentally killing her son

(Newser) - The Virginia woman whose son was found in a septic tank in March was charged with felony murder this week in the boy's death. That adds to the charges Ashley White, 31, faces: She was previously charged with child abuse and neglect for the circumstances leading to the death...

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