New App to Measure Poop in NYC Harbors in Real Time
If you go for a swim in New York's waterways, you might have a bit of uninvited company -- the 27 billion gallons of raw sewage that get dumped into the harbors yearly, that is.
Leif Percifield, a grad student at Parsons, would like to reduce this deluge of human excrement flowing through the rivers and bays, so he's launching DontFlushMe -- an app that will alert sewer system users to overflows related to toilet-flushing.
Or, as the EPA's Elizabeth Myer puts it, the program will advise "when to let it mellow." (Disclosure: We really wish we'd used that line first.)
The basic idea is this: Untreated sewage gets routed into waterways when the system is overloaded. So, Percifield will hook up a sensor to a cell phone, and attach this prototype to a point in the system to detect overloads. When the contraption smells trouble, it will send out SMS alerts to subscribers, telling them not to flush.
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From Percifield's blog, it looks like DontFlushMe is still under development, but you can still sign up for sewage-oriented text alerts.
Runnin' Scared has reached out to Percifield to chat about his startup. We'll update the post once we hear back.
[Hat tip: Greening the Apple ]
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