wastewater http://kplu.org en 'Pump, Don't Dump': Campaign Urges Boaters To Avoid Sewage Spills With Free Kit http://kplu.org/post/pump-dont-dump-campaign-urges-boaters-avoid-sewage-spills-free-kit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A rubber adapter may be the answer to preventing illegal dumping in local waterways, according to a new campaign&nbsp;by Washington Sea Grant.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The pathogens in untreated wastewater can cause everything from minor skin rashes to serious gastrointestinal illnesses like&nbsp;</span>Giardia<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">n</span>orovirus<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But it happens, and often by accident.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many boaters know better, but lack proper equipment or information on how to pump out safely.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 13033 at http://kplu.org 'Pump, Don't Dump': Campaign Urges Boaters To Avoid Sewage Spills With Free Kit Extreme makeover: toilet edition (courtesy of Bill & Melinda Gates) http://kplu.org/post/extreme-makeover-toilet-edition-courtesy-bill-melinda-gates <p>When you flush the toilet every day, you probably aren&rsquo;t thinking much about where your waste goes. But Seattle&rsquo;s Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation is putting that question on the international agenda.</p><p>They&rsquo;re donating more than three and a half million dollars in grants and prize money to help developing countries take advantage of new waste treatment technologies. A &ldquo;Reinvent the Toilet Challenge&rdquo; fair kicked off yesterday.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:01:13 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5982 at http://kplu.org Extreme makeover: toilet edition (courtesy of Bill & Melinda Gates) Seattle's water and sewer rates are among the highest in the nation http://kplu.org/post/seattles-water-and-sewer-rates-are-among-highest-nation <p>If you live in Seattle, and you think your water and sewer charges are high, you&rsquo;re right.</p><p>That&rsquo;s according to a new city-government audit of Seattle Public Utilities. The Seattle Times <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014748348_spuaudit12m.html">reports the audit cites an industry analysis</a> that found Seattle paying the highest rates among 50 U.S. cities.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 13:45:15 +0000 Liam Moriarty 1181 at http://kplu.org Seattle's water and sewer rates are among the highest in the nation