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Two-way pneumatic sewers

Less water, less waste ...
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A large proportion of dwellings in the developed world* are equipped with flush WC systems discharging into sewers**.

This means there is an extensive network of piping of minimum 100mm diameter.

Apart from the WC, most domestic wastewater can be safely discharged into street drains.

Under the scheme proposed, WCs would be replaced with "dry" closets that compact waste into biodegradable sealed waxed-cardbord cylindrical cartridges.

These cartridges are then despatched via the new 100mm pneumatic tube network installed in the former sewers to centralised facilites for processing and disposal.

The same tubed system can then also be utilised for sending and receiving goods which can withstand the g-forces involved.

Disruption to existing infrastructure is minimised, and much water is conserved.

* i.e. not france

** not france. Or Belgium, either (apparently). Or maybe the stench just drifts Northward on the breeze ..

8th of 7, Jun 13 2014


       Why would one want to sew pneumatically?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 13 2014

       Dare I say, blowback?   

       <background sound of my IP lawyers scrivening an injunction on parchment in Latin. Quill breaks, the leopard is searched for to catch a goose...time passes>
not_morrison_rm, Jun 13 2014

       Put it in the post, addressed to your favourite political recipient; then you don't need tubes at all.
FlyingToaster, Jun 13 2014

       An items posted, that go missing, don`t get to the bottom of it.
not_morrison_rm, Jun 14 2014

       8th: let me acquaint you with Igordo Kang and his marvelous but devastating vegan korean burritos. We will see if the waxed cardboard is doughty enough to receive the intestinal fury they provoke. And if so, or partially so, we will see how the pineapples taste after receiving them thru the same tube that just send out the used burrito.
bungston, Jun 14 2014

       "In a lunar colony with very little water, a two way air transport might work well. Might not need pipes if aim was good." he said flushed with excitement.
popbottle, Jun 15 2014

       I'm gonna guess that, for awhile, people will either be walking buckets over to hydroponics, or utilizing the "linked sausages" method detailed in another post.
FlyingToaster, Jun 15 2014


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