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Deanna: Humans Produce Phosphates

Deanna Goodlander: The largest (by far) provider of phosphates in sewer systems is the human body. Every time you flush, you are adding phospates to the system. You will be seeing much more about phosphates in the systems in the future dealing with the TMDL (total maximum daily load) of phospate limitations placed on all cities on the Spokane River by the State of Washington. Total cost estimated at as much as 2 billion dollars to meet those standards, presently unattainable with todays technology. Anybody ready for a 500 per month sewer bill???????

DFO: So, if we all agree to stop pooping & peeing and/or flushing, we can keep our dish soap w/phosphates?

Question: Are environmental agencies demanding too much of communities that dump treated wastewater into waterways?

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