How Sewer Water Can Affect Your Health.

How Sewer Water Can Affect Your Health.

We are surrounded by water treatment plants and centralized sewer systems every day. It should come as no surprise that these operations, including public water safety and handling human waste, go unnoticed because sewage should never be exposed to the public.

The organisms in sewage are similar to those found inside the human body, such as parasites, bacteria, and E. coli. Humans can contact sewage in multiple ways, which would ultimately cause these organisms to be reintroduced in less than ideal environments. Thus, humans and animals may become devastatingly ill from sewer water in a short period.

Water containing human waste is sewer water. Water is traditionally transported between and within homes, businesses, and places of public consumption via pipes. For example, individuals flush all the associated waste out of their homes when they use the bathroom. A series of sewage lines then transport the contents through the nearby sewage treatment plant. A successful outcome of this process would occur without any difficulties in the ideal circumstance.


It’s possible to confuse gastroenteritis with the stomach flu caused by viruses. In addition to diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, this virus can also cause abdominal pain and cramps. Another virus, poliomyelitis, can also cause paralysis. Again, there are numerous associated symptoms, including sore throat, fever, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and abdominal pain.

Bacterial infections

Exposure to sewage can result in bacterial infections if not treated and cleaned. If an infection becomes bloodborne, it can cause life-threatening health issues. For example, bloody stool, fever, cramps, and vomiting can be signs of a bacterial infection called campylobacteriosis. More commonly, sewage exposure leads to E. coli, a disease that leads to hemolysis uremic syndrome and kidney failure if not addressed properly. 

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