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CRAP: Where it Goes & What Happens to It!

Flush it down the toiletAs homeowners, we tend to think more about the things coming into our house (i.e. electricity, gas, water, pests, etc.) rather than the things going out.  However, lots of stuff leaves our homes every day in the form of waste.

What happens to it?  Do you really want to know?  I think inquiring minds want to know.

I recently met a water engineer who told me that while most people don't think about it, the costs of dirty water leaving our homes is more expensive than the costs of water coming into our homes -- the sewer part of the water & sewer bill makes up more of the expenses.

Arlington County, Virginia recently released a video that explains what happens to our "crap" at its waste treatment facility.  If you've ever driven down South Glebe Road towards the intersection of Route 1 in Arlington (near Crystal City) you've likely noticed the stench. 

Watch the entertaining and very educational video below to learn more about:

CRAP: Where it Goes & What Happens to It!



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Comment balloon 8 commentsBrian Block • January 27 2010 12:05PM


Hi Brian...What a crappy post!

For those of us living out in the country with our own septic systems and drainfields, we're probably a little more cognizant of what happens to our waste.

Great idea to share this video with your suburban readers.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Great post. Thanks for sharing Brian.

Posted by Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage. (Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria) over 8 years ago

Hmmm... not sure I wanted to know...  LOL

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) over 8 years ago

TMI Brian, (but I did watch the whole crappy thing!)  lol~  Thanks....  i think....  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 8 years ago

OK so we're on septic. We just let it run off into the lake. :)

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 8 years ago

Oh, so much that could be said here...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Something to think about. I have also read this is one reason to leave the lids of those toilet seats down--sewer fumes do come up into the house.

Posted by Peggy Duffy (The Bailey Team Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Brian - thanks for sharing this - it is indeed interesting!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 8 years ago