Green Living means 'Don't shit where you eat'
In a context totally unrelated to sewage a boss of mine once advised me early in my career not to 'shit where I eat'. This was wise business advice but it's also true in a literal sense. The question of flushing and what happens when you do so is largely - and shockingly - unexplored by researchers.
One of the things that has struck me a lot throughout the past five years that I have studied water policy is the absolute disconnect that exists between our understanding of the different elements of the hydrological cycle and their interconnectedness. The social sciences literature has examined in great detail issues of water scarcity, but water quality and wastewater treatment are, for the most part, absent from the discussion.