Friday, December 9, 2011

do you smell something?

Ride a bicycle around the Bronx long enough and you never know what you might find.

This “sanitary” sewage pump station is right on the water in the SoundView section.

The word sanitary is misleading. Non-sanitary stations are the ones that deal with rainwater and storm runoff and stuff like that. The “sanitary” pumps actually deal with the stuff that isn’t all that sanitary.

From Wikipedia:
“The interior of a sewage pump station is a very dangerous place. Poisonous gases such as methane and hydrogen sulfide can accumulate in the wet well; an ill-equipped person entering the well would be overcome by fumes very quickly.”

Ah. So they need a reliable chimney to vent the sewage gas, eh? How’d you like one of these by your bedroom window? thanks.
I’ll take the Third Avenue Bridge.

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