Down the Drain: Fort McMurray AB

Environment   Oct 22, 2018 by Farah
  • What types of things went down your sink?                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Toothpaste, hand soap, soapy water from dishes, food remnants from dishes, waste. 
  • Estimate the volume of liquids that went down the drain? Did you include a way to measure how much liquid went down?                                                                                                I use approximately 23-25 gallons of water per day. I searched up water used from toilet flushing, washing dishes, washing hands, and more in my calculations                       
  • How much of this waste do you think enters the ocean? Do you know how wastewater is treated in your city?                                                                                                                   I would assume that most of it enters the ocean in one form or another as it is poured into our sewage systems and travels throughout the soil and water cycle. In my community there is a wastewater treatment plant that provides an efficient supply of water to all the residents while also filtering wastewater, allowing for it to be safely returned to the environment
  • There are many drains that we interact with everyday that may lead waste into our waterways. Besides your bathroom and kitchen, are there any other drains that may lead to the ocean?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The washer and dryer, outside pipe system for rain and snow
  • Check the label of the clothing you are currently wearing. Anything that is not cotton is likely a synthetic blend (aka: plastic). In each wash, these microfibers are released. What happens to them then?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Thankfully what I am currently wearing is from cotton, but from my research I found that the bulk of particles examined from Vancouver waters were microfibres, such as polyester and rayon from clothing and carpets. These synthetics end up polluting our oceans and water systems as the pass through the sewage systems and water treatment plants. They have been found in seafood and drinking water as well in the end of there cycle.                                                                                                                

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Nabila
Nov 9, 2018

I totally agree when you said, "

 I would assume that most of it enters the ocean in one form or another as it is poured into our sewage systems and travels throughout the soil and water cycle. " I believe the same thing

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