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Re: Marine Toilet (good, bad, and ugly)

Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
......and hundreds of thousands of gallons of the "highly toxic sludge" are pumped directly into our Bay every single day, from several municipalities. Every day. No holidays.

Who gives a literal $hit what recreational boaters do. Every bloody boat there is couldn't scratch what is actually already going on.
That sounds unlikely. Normally sewage treatment plants discharge fairly clean and sterile water. The toxic sludge referred to is usually either digested or trucked away to be used as fertiliser. Certainly if you consider a city of millions of people, and what the untreated effluent of that city would look like, the modern sewage plant is a miracle of technology, one of the most significant inventions of the 19th and 20th centuries, and one of the greatest advances in human health in all of human history.

Totally untreated discharge from boats is another matter altogether, as it may contain all kinds of human pathogens. Why do you think Cholera is such a problem in the third world? The smallest amount of untreated human sewage in the water supply can cause a Cholera epidemic.

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