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Detroit has a major sewage problem

Detroit doesn't need another crisis, but that's exactly what Scientific American is calling its current sewage situation. Increased rainfall linked to climate change hit the city particularly hard this spring, and its outdated sewage system haven't been able to keep up. At one point in April, its wastewater treatment plant was beset with 1.5 billion gallons of water a day, well over the 930 million its capable of handling and too much even for the concrete basins designed to contain overflow. The result was both terrible and inevitable:

So on a Thursday morning in April, Detroit's wastewater managers opened 11 pipes and sent 110 million gallons of raw sewage spewing into the Detroit River. They poured another 3.5 million into the nearby Rouge River.

There was a brief letup. Then six days later came the clouds and the rain. And another 75 million gallons of sewage tumbled into the Detroit River.

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