[Simblified] Ep. 125: So, what happens after you flush?

Ep. 125: So, what happens after you flush?

11/03/2019 by IVM Podcasts

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Right, there’s no easy or clean way of saying this: We’re going to look at what happens to your poo after it leaves you… r toilet bowl. It undergoes quite a journey before making its way back into (and you knew this would happen) fertilizer for your food or water you drink (sorry!). After this shortie, you will gain new found respect for sewage treatment plants! Enjoy. NEW TO SIMBLIFIED?
It’s an Indian podcast – probably the best to come from Malad West – that takes things that happen around us, and deconstructs them in a language you can understand, often surmounting several puns and PG Wodehouse references along the way. We aim to make you appear smarter during parties, job interviews, and dates.
Your hosts (and Twitter / Instagram handles) are Chuck (@chuck_gopal / @chuckofalltrades), Srikeit (@srikeit, @srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn, @shenoynv). We are part of the IVM Podcast network, who, till this day, wonder why they signed us on. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android
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Listen Date: 2019-04-30


  • A quick briefing on how STPs work, which I already knew about
  • And on how inadequate Mumbai’s sewage treatment facilities are
  • But later on I remembered:
    • Harry King
    • This marvelous quote about private sewage management in Shanghai during the days of colonisation: “In perhaps the most extreme expression of the Shanghai Municipal Council’s philosophy of government for profit, Shanghai entered the twentieth century without a sewer system. Instead, people placed buckets of their excrement, euphemistically called “night soil,” outside their homes for collection by a company that sold it to farmers as fertilizer. The night soil company paid the municipal council for the privilege of collecting the free feces. It seemed the perfect privatized sanitation system—rather than pay to build a sewer system, the International Settlement authorities were getting paid not to build one. Needless to say, the vegetables grown in the night soil routinely infected Shanghai diners with cholera, typhoid, and dysentery. And yet the system endured until the 1920s, a jarring reality that caused the Far Eastern Review to observe wryly, in a 1919 article, that Shanghai boasted “every modern convenience, except sewerage.””
    • And from the Flash Forward newsletter, about the goldmine that is human feces.


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