things i am thankfull for part 8

Sewage Treatment
Yes, that’s right, sewage treatment. It’s one of those modern conveniences we take for granted but would desperately miss if it weren’t there; sort of like electricity or pizza delivery.
There are various processes for treating sewage, but the ultimate goal is to separate the liquid from the solids and bacteria so it can be safely returned to a lake or river. In some cases raw sewage is purified and returned to peoples’ homes in a water faucet a mere two feet from where it took its miserable plunge into the nether regions of the underworld only days earlier, but that’s not something I want to dwell on.
In case you were wondering, or just can’t stop reading, raw sewage is a mixture of undifferentiated household and industrial wastes, along with whatever people flush down the toilet while the cops are banging on their door. The byproduct, what’s left after all reusable liquid is removed, is a toxic sludge that is a result of removing impurities such as dioxin, motor oil, metals, bacteria, viruses, and the morning-after results of fraternity hazings. This toxic sludge is called, well, toxic sludge and is often used, controversially, to fertilize that which thrives on fecal bacteria, such as farm crops and political campaigns.
Despite best efforts there are still billions of people around the world who lack proper sewage treatment. In underdeveloped countries sewage is often simply dumped into the nearest body of what was formerly water. That’s why the Tigris River, which runs through Iraq and Turkey, packs the nasal punch of the New Orleans Convention Center five days after Hurricane Katrina. Can you even imagine what it must’ve smelled like prior to the advent of sewage treatment? Probably a lot like France. Sewage treatment is responsible for a higher quality of living and dramatically lowers the possibility of all sorts of disease. For that, you should be thankful. When you’re blessing your meal this Thanksgiving, loudly voice your appreciation and admiration of the sewage treatment process. On second thought, you may want to keep that to yourself.