There was a time when waste-water and sewage was left open in the street. Take the situation of the 16th century, where a strong and mixed smell overwhelmed the streets and neighborhood. On the stalls of Salt Lake City, there were freshly baked breads, and the roadside was often flooded with human waste.
Even though the air was purer and the food was organic, the troubled sewer system was a constant invitation to sickness and diseases. In 1832, there had been several reports of Cholera in and out of America and Europe. During this time, cholera pandemic claimed the lives of millions of people across the globe.
The problem related to poor sanitation does not end here, as there were also reports of typhoid fever and dysentery. The root cause of all these diseases and sickness were polluted drinking water. The uncleanness of drinking water was a common case in those days.
Thanks to the evolution of sewer system, problems in sanitation is no more a major concern. Exposure to raw sewage is a thing of the past. Still, we should never take the sewage lines for granted, as long-term ignorance can cause clogging and overflow.
Just because we do not see sewage flowing on the streets, it doesn’t mean we cannot get exposed to raw sewage.
How can you get exposed to raw sewage?
The modern sewer system is so advanced that you neither have to worry about the overflowing drainage nor the contamination of drinking water. However, it does not mean you do not have to worry about the sewer system of your house. There are still some common ways through which you could be exposed to raw sewage. For instance:
- Overflowing toilet
We overlook the clogged systems of the house, but it can cause serious overflowing of the drainage. Try to unclog the drains and toilet by plunging, but if it doesn’t work, call the plumber immediately.
- Overflowing septic tank
The septic tank in your house receives all the waste from your house. Whether it is organic waste, wastewater, or solid waste it all comes down to the septic tank. Exposure to its content can cause serious health problems.
- Backed-up floor drains, sinks, and tubs
In the rainy season, they are chances that the sewer system of your house starts acting up. This might cause the back-throw of sewage water through the basement floor drain.
Diseases Caused by Raw Sewage Exposure
Diarrhea genic E. coli: The common symptoms of diarrhea is watery and bloody stools, nausea, vomiting, fever, and cramps. The fecal-contaminated water causes this diarrhea.
Campylobacteriosis: The symptoms of Campylobacteriosis are just the same as diarrhea and even its causes are the same.
Gastroenteritis: Gastroenteritis also known as stomach flu, causes symptoms like vomiting, headache, and watery diarrhea.
Giardiasis: Once again, the symptoms of Giardiasis are quite like diarrhea, but the cause of this disease is the Giardia parasite.
Hepatitis A: We all know how fatal hepatitis can be, but did you know it is caused by consuming contaminated fecal matter. Symptoms of hepatitis are jaundice, loss of appetite, fever, and fatigue.
Typhoid: Typhoid is a bacterial disease caused by contaminated water and food. Some of its common symptoms are fever, weakness, headache, and stomach pain.
Now that you know, that contaminated water can cause so many health problems. Look out for the faulty sewer system of your house and call the plumbers at the first sign of alarm.