Nov. 19 — A local wastewater expert is making a name for himself in honor of the modern name International World Toilet Day.
The United Nations launched World Toilet Day in 2012, and this year’s campaign is designed to alert 3.6 billion people – nearly half of the world’s population – who are living without protection, according to a UN’s Observances website.
Chris Weiss is an engineer of H2M architects + engineers, headquartered at 360 Bloomfield Ave. in Windsor. Weiss is using the UN’s sanitation strategy to explain the benefits of wastewater treatment and to urge other governments to reverse the old system of environmental degradation.
The Water Water Act of the 1980s significantly changed the wastewater treatment plant along the Long Island Sound and Connecticut. But now more work needs to be done to expand the canal sections and upgrade the treatment plant, Weiss said.
“We see that there is a lot that is not being used in many medical industries that are not being used because there is not enough money and / or interest,” Weiss said.
In addition to upgrading canal sections, Weiss said other waste collection systems, such as sewage and septic tanks, need to be replaced as they release wastewater into place.
“It does not take long for the water to flow from the ground to the shoreline, and the consequences can not be ignored,” Weiss said.
Polluted water releases harmful nitrogen compounds into lakes and rivers and creates algae flowers that absorb oxygen in the water, said Weiss.
Weiss said there should be a lot of interest in sustainability and reuse, which means sending wastewater away from rivers and lakes and managing it to a degree so that it can be released back to land.
“You want to keep constantly circulating the water …” That’s the future stability. “
Many small towns across the state have different methods of collecting toilets and wastewater. But major cities, such as Hartford, Bridgeport, and New Haven, have systems that were developed 100 years ago by collecting toilets and storm water in a single pipeline, called a sewer joint system, according to the Department of Energy and Security.
Nisha Patel, assistant dean of the DEEP sewage department, said heavy rains this year had led to an increase in the amount of water from the state-run communal toilets. Separation methods can make urban areas more accessible and also prevent the spread of toilets.
Patel also emphasized the importance of properly disposing of household waste in a container or placing it in a medical container in the police department.
Like unused toilets, solvents can get into water and damage fish. Those interested can go to the Consumer Protection department page at
Austin Mirmina is a business journalist for the Journal Inquirer and also touches the town of Windsor.