Tampa, FL – According the Tampa Bay Times approximately 29 million gallon of sewage, much of which was partially treated, entered into Tampa Bay during the recent Category 1 storm. Gray water and black water (sewage) can cause a wide range of fungal, bacteriological, viral, and parasitic hazards.
Sewage is characterized in terms of semisolid liquids discharged due to manmade or natural activities. Waste generated from industrial, hospital, commercial, human or other animal excreta, storm water runoff, etc. are listed as some of the common and concerning components of sewage. The toxic substances found in raw sewage can be either chemical and/or biological in nature. Typically, sewage carried away from its source of production to a proper disposal facility via a sewage/waste system. It’s common to report solid, chemical and microbiological pollutants from the effluents. However, the discharge is treated to discard most of the toxic substances or pollutants before the water is treated and reclaimed.
If untreated, sewage can become a hazardous source of pollutants or contaminants that can infiltrate the human ecosystem and be dangerous to the health, hygiene and comfort of the occupants. After an episode of torrential rain, obstructed drainage systems and overflowing sewers must be properly managed to avoid a potential epidemic caused by toxic pollutants. It is important to understand the makeup of the contaminant waste and its ecological effects.
Therefore, it’s a good idea to test heterogeneous mixtures of hazardous waste to understand its impact on economic activities, including conditions under which humans can interact with it. Coliform and other enteric bacteria dominate the microflora of the sewers and enrich organic substances. High moisture content fuels the growth of secondary colonizers such as fungi (mold), other microorganisms along with a number of biological and chemical contaminants.
Coliform infection can result in severe intestinal and urinary tract issues, as well as, pneumonia in humans. It can also lead to wildlife being killed in great numbers. Mold and other microorganisms can also cause respiratory illnesses and allergic reactions. If not identified and cleaned up the effects of sewage and wastewater on the ecosystem and public can be devastating.
For more information on developing a testing program for your buildings or homes call the Building Scientists at Pure Air Control Services or go to: Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDlab), a CDC ELITE laboratory (contact Dr. Rajiv Sahay 1-800-422-7873 ext. 304).
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