Why the new DC sewage treatment plant that is “turning poop into power” is kind of a huge waste…

From the Washington Post:

The next time you flush in the nation’s capital, you might consider this: You — or, more precisely, whatever you have flushed — will help generate clean energy.

D.C. Water, which also treats sewage from much of the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs, recently became the first utility in North America to use a Norwegian thermal hydrolysis system to convert the sludge left over from treated sewage into electricity.

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Yes, to put it bluntly, the city’s sewage treatment plant is turning poop into power.

It’s actually a pretty interesting system, which you can see here.

I’m reminded of the movie Monsters Inc., where this universe of monsters derives their power from batteries that store energy generated from the screams of young children. Some monsters in this world are professional “scarers” who try to elicit those screams. By the movie’s end (SPOILER ALERT, but it’s a 14 year old movie, so if you haven’t seen it by now…) it’s realized that the laughter of the kids provided WAY more energy, and so the monsters shift from away from scaring to the much more efficient method of comedy.

The point being, DC spent all this time and effort on building a plant that collects sewage when they already had one a facility that provides more “supply” than all of the toilets in America put together…


All we have to do is “rename” it, “Crapitol Hill.” (The quotes are meant to indicate that doing so would merely be a formality.)

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