Glow-In-The-Dark Tampons Can Fight Pollution

March 31, 2015 7:03 AM

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According to a study published in today’s Water and Environment Journal, tampons can help save the environment. Co-author and environmental engineer at the University of Sheffield in England Professor David Lerner elaborated: “More than a million homes have their waste water incorrectly connected into the surface water network, which means their sewage is being discharged into a river, rather than going to a treatment plant. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to detect where this is happening, as the discharge is intermittent, can’t always be seen with the naked eye and existing tests are complex and expensive.”

Rivers and streams can be polluted when wastewater or gray water from showers, sinks, washing machines and even sometimes toilets—which is supposed to go into sewers and then water treatment plants—instead accidentally goes into storm sewers for rainwater. The untreated water is full of chemicals su...

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