News Briefs: Americans Using Much Less Water, Says USGS

In this weeks water and wastewater news, the U.S. Geological Survey releases statistics showing Americans are using six fewer gallons of water per day than they were in 2010; and Detroit police find another possible human organ in the city's wastewater plant
News Briefs: Americans Using Much Less Water, Says USGS

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Americans are using less water throughout the course of a day, according to statistics recently released by the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Water Use Science Project.

Water use dropped from 88 gallons in 2010 to 82 gallons per capita in 2015.

Edward Osann, a senior policy analyst and water efficiency project director at the National Resources Defense Council, told the Christian Science Monitor conservation of freshwater is important.

“One of the effects of climate change is we are seeing more extremes — more substantial droughts, followed by substantial floods,” he said. “If we can sustain ourselves while using less fresh water, we will be more resilient while going into these fluctuations in the hydrologic cycle of the future.”

Sources: The Christian Science Monitor and USGS

Detroit Police Find Another Organ at WWTP

Police in Detroit, Michigan, say they’ve found another possible human organ at the Great Lakes Water Authority Water Recovery Facility. Two other body parts were previously discovered at the plant Dec. 15 and 16.

“On Friday, staff members noticed an object in the Water Resource Recovery Facility’s wastewater screening area — the area that filters out debris from the wastewater before it goes into the treatment process,” spokeswoman Amanda Abukhader told “Staff members immediately notified the Detroit Police Department, who responded to the scene and took custody of the object.”


Niagara Falls Could Get $20 Million to Upgrade Plant

Following problems this summer that led to unplanned wastewater discharges into the Niagara River, Niagara Falls could receive $20 million in state funding to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently revealed a proposal to get an upgrade plan in motion.

“The impacts of our aging water infrastructure became intolerable this year after multiple discharges discolored the pristine waters at Niagara Falls,” Cuomo said. “We have a responsibility to safeguard our natural resources and this administration will do everything in our power to protect the integrity of our water. This funding will help expedite these much-needed fixes, and help the Niagara Falls Water Board modernize its wastewater system.”

Source: WKBW News

Chuckie the Elephant Says 'Toilets Aren't Trash Cans'

A mascot named Chuckie the Elephant is reminding people in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to stop using toilets as trash cans as part of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority’s latest ad campaign.

The campaign — which reminds people what not to flush into city sewers — is running on TV, radio and billboards, according to KOB4 News.

Check out the video below:


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