What happens to the solid waste that leaves your toilet?
Most people don't know, and don't really care, as long as it goes away - and stays far away from their home. But county governments all across Florida have a dirty little secret they are hiding from the pubic that causes big problems for the Florida waterways, lakes and estuaries - Your discarded dried-up poop get's put along the permitter of Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades National Park.
The processed human waste is politely called a 'biosolid' but many scientists consider it a biohazard. It's commonly referred to as Sewage Sludge.
Sewage sludge is the solid waste material that is left over after the contents of all of the toilets in a county gets flushed into a 'treatment facility' where it's separated into either a solid or a liquid. The leftover liquid usually gets pumped back into the local waterways, but the poo is a problem.
It smells bad, it attracts insects and it contains many harmful heavy metals and nutrients that have been attributed to causing disease, green algae blooms - and Valley Fever. Most municipalities export their human waste to another county, or state, to get it out of their own back yard.
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