Thursday, April 05, 2012
Germans are so affected by self-starvation that they are saving water to the point that today, Berlin's sewage flows are insufficient to wash away their excrements. Sewage pipes are designed to ensure the "self-cleaning flow velocity" and today's flow is not enough. Consequences are twofold: excrement accumulates and clogs underground pipes, and the smell above ground level is unsufferable. But resourceful Berlin waterworks are solving the problem: They are injecting perfume into the pipes, and each morning they pump 500,000 cubic meters of clean drinking water to wash away the solids.