Sewer-in-a-Suitcase Demonstrates Why You Shouldn't Flush Your Toilet During a Rainstorm

Sewer-in-a-Suitcase is an educational tool developed by the Center For Urban Pedagogy (CUPS), a non-profit org that "uses design and art to improve civic engagement."

In this video from WNYC we see the kit in action, and get an explanation from New York City Soil and Water Conservation District executive director Shino Tanikawa as to why we should not flush toilets during a rain storm in the City.

Educators can take it around to classrooms and community workshops and set it up. Inside the wooden box, is a model city, with a street grid and buildings. And underneath teh strreets [sic] lies a sewer system that, when it rains, gets backed up and, instead of sending water into treatment plants, releases the untreated effluent directly into wateways. [sic]

via WNYC

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