Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Google Maps Tells You When to Flush


27 billion gallons of untreated sewage is dumped into New York City's Harbor every year. When the sewer system is overloaded by rainfall and snow unprocessed sewage overflows into NYC waterways. This happens as often as once a week.

DontFlush.me uses Google Maps, the daily rainfall total in New York and CartoDB from Vizzuality to help advise New Yorker's when they can safely flush their toilets.

If you have an interest in all things sewage you might also be interested in Flush Tracker. This application from Domestos lets users in the UK, Ireland, South Africa and Poland view an animated track on Google Maps that follows their waste from toilet to the sewage works, sea or wherever it happens to end up.

DontFlush.me was created at EcoHack-NYC

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