Cruise ships, billion gallons of sewage: That's a lot of sewage.

Cruise Ships Have Reportedly Dumped a Billion Gallons of Sewage Into the Ocean This Year

Cruise Ships Have Reportedly Dumped a Billion Gallons of Sewage Into the Ocean This Year

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Dec. 4 2014 1:16 PM

Cruise Ships Have Reportedly Dumped a Billion Gallons of Sewage Into the Ocean This Year

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This animatronic dinosaur is looking at the cruise ship next to the Sydney Opera House and thinking about sewage.

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Gross:

Cruise ships dumped more than a billion gallons of sewage in the ocean this year, much of it raw or poorly treated.
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That information arrives courtesy of a press release by the advocacy group Friends of the Earth. They continue:

Friends of the Earth's 2014 Cruise Ship Report Card reveals that some of the 16 cruise lines graded are slowly getting greener; but more than 40 percent of the 167 ships still rely on 35-year-old waste treatment technology. Such antiquated treatment systems leave harmful levels of fecal matter, bacteria, heavy metals and other contaminants in the water.

Also:

The Environmental Protection Agency says an average cruise ship with 3,000 passengers and crew produces about 21,000 gallons of sewage a day -- enough to fill 10 backyard swimming pools in a week.

Gross.

Correction, Dec. 4, 2014: The headline of this post originally misstated that the sewage report covered "last year" and said a billion tons of sewage were released. The report covers 2014 and said a billion gallons were released.