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Katy Lee

7 October 2020

Bordeaux, France

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A French startup is turning urine into an environmentally-friendly fertilizer that could replace chemical products. Early tests suggest that the urine mixture created by Toopi Organics can compete with synthetic ferti...

Yale Environment 360

Jon Hurdle

20 August 2020

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Once known for being dirty, the Delaware River is being cleaned up by nonprofits and government entities to the point where they’re encouraging people to swim in it again. The Camden County Municipal Utilities Authori...

Ensia

Shi En Kim

16 July 2020

Nairobi, Kenya

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Kibra Green, a grassroots organization in Kenya, mobilizes the young people in the community to clean up their neighborhood. At times, the group has as many as 500 participants for a community-wide clean up. Yet, a la...

Los Angeles Times

Rosanna Xia

29 April 2020

Paris, France

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Researchers and public health experts across the world are turning to "wastewater-based-epidemiology" as a practice that could help trace and track the spread of COVID-19. This methodology has already proved successfu...

WEWS-TV

Olivia Fecteau

26 April 2019

Medina, Ohio, United States

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Turning sewage sludge into usable biogas helps make wastewater treatment more efficient. A water treatment plant in the city of Medina, Ohio, produces net energy from sludge. The plant uses anaerobic bacteria and a th...

Changing Florida

James Williams

3 April 2019

Florida, United States

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An experimental water treatment plant in Florida has been performing as efficiently as other conventional treatment plants for the last 24 years. Known as the Living Machine of the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, it filter...

Rethink

Chelsea Wald

28 February 2019

Cap-Haïtien, Haiti

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A nonprofit in Haiti called SOIL with a business arm called EkoLakay is bringing back the old-fashioned idea of a container-based sanitation system. Customers rent toilets with containers in them, use them, and return...

Devex

Anthony Langat

14 February 2019

Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

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On World Toilet Day in 2014, the Kenyan government promised to build 180 public toilets in an ambitious move to combat the issue of public sanitation. The program went well once the keys were handed off to the Nationa...

The Huffington Post

Oliver Balch

16 January 2019

Nairobi, Kenya

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The Bill Gates Foundation is currently funding a number of organizations that seek to solve the rate of open defecation by creating low-cost toilets that utilize the feces within them. One organization, called Sanergy...

Talk Africa

Henry Owino

2 October 2018

Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

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In a slum in Kiberia, Kenya, a new invention called Peepoople Kenya (or Peepoo for short) is addressing a mounting sanitation issue from open defecation and lack of clean facilities. The solution is a single-use, biod...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Melissa Brown

24 September 2018

Hayneville, Alabama, United States

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A wastewater infrastructure crisis in the southern United States is much like those found in far less-developed countries. Now researchers and nonprofits are looking to successes in Africa, in an effort to eradicate o...

NPR

Robert Smith

27 July 2018

Dakar, Senegal

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In Senegal, emptying your septic taste is expensive business; the two options, hiring someone to shovel it onto the street or paying a high price to the "cartel of 'toilet suckers,'" are not sustainable for residents...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Melissa Brown

26 July 2018

Haynesville, Alabama, United States

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In the South's rural Black Belt, wastewater management is an issue, but local activists, government officials, and civil engineers are working together to create a new type of sanitation system that works for the geog...

Southerly

Melissa Brown

25 July 2018

Alabama, United States

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Improving sanitation and hygiene in rural communities requires coordinating experts and policy makers to find solutions that fit. In addition to coordinating research projects on alternative forms of sewage and wastew...

Ensia

Laurie Mazur

25 May 2018

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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Environmental impact bonds (EIBs) are a relatively new form of financing that combine private investment with government funding in a “pay for success” model. They are different than municipal bonds in that they are i...

American University Radio (WAMU)

Jacob Fenston

Tyrone Turner

26 March 2018

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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The Anacostia, which has long been one of the most polluted rivers in the country, has been given a new lease on life, thanks to cleanup efforts and a recent sewer upgrade in D.C. Since water quality has improved, the...

New Scientist

Kata Karáth

1 December 2016

Aarhus, Denmark

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With climate change an ever-increasing threat, one city in Denmark is helping to inspire hope through the successful implementation of a self-sustaining treatment plant that provides fresh water to the local community...

Citiscope

Patralekha Chatterjee

17 November 2016

Mysuru, India

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Mysuru has become a gleaming example for solutions to India's vaster struggles with solid-waste management, toilet construction, sanitation strategy, public outreach, and other measures. The city uses a decentralized ...

Next City

Ann Babe

26 September 2016

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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If you’ve ever been to a music festival, you’ve probably stepped inside a chemical toilet. The blue, plastic toilets, are meant to be temporary. However, in post-Apartheid, Cape Town, they are permanent fixtures for a...

BBC

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Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

2 March 2016

India

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Improving sanitation isn’t just a matter of building more toilets; it’s also about education and specific solutions that help women and the poor gain access to safe, clean, and convenient facilities. This is a huge to...

CityLab

Dana Raidt

23 December 2015

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Thanks to years of government intervention, the city of Copenhagen has almost perfectly clean water — even better than bottled water. Denmark utilizes overflow barriers, underground water storage, and rerouted wastewa...

Anchorage Daily News

Scott Jensen

7 September 2015

Kivalina, Alaska, United States

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Lack of access to sanitary bathrooms in the village of Kivalina, Alaska led to the implementation of a novel, home-based water sanitation system, currently being tested for effectiveness. The hope is that it proves to...

The New York Times

Vivekananda Nemana

Ankita Rao

13 November 2014

Odisha, India

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India has had a problem in which 620 million people openly defecate outdoors, causing harm to hygiene, sanitation, food, and water resources. The president of India funded an initiative to build public toilets for th...

Minnesota Public Radio

Elizabeth Dunbar

4 August 2014

Mankato, Minnesota, United States

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Mankato, where treated wastewater is used for everything from irrigation to industrial cooling, is one of the few places around this water-rich state where water is being recycled in this way. But as concerns about th...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

23 May 2012

New York, New York, United States

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New York City black tar roofs cause a number of environmental problems, including air pollution, heat absorption that raises energy consumption, and storm water runoff in the sewer system. Efforts to turn these old ro...

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