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Why do toilets flush the opposite way in Australia?

Because of the rotation of the Earth, the Coriolis effect means that hurricanes and other giant storm systems swirl counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. In theory, the draining water in a toilet bowl (or a bathtub, or any vessel) should do the same.

Do toilets flow the opposite way in Australia?

Australian Toilets Don’t Flush Backwards Because of the Coriolis Effect. The real cause of “backwards”-flushing toilets is just that the water jets point in the opposite direction.

What direction does water drain on the equator?

Objects not attached to the surface of the earth (water in a sink going down a drain) will create a vortex going the opposite direction. So in the Northern hemisphere, it moves clockwise. In the Southern hemisphere, it moves counter clockwise. On the equator, water goes straight down.

Why does water swirl down a drain?

Before opening the drain, the water already has some motion, although it might be too slow for you to notice. As the water moves toward the drain, its rotational motion gets amplified, i.e., it starts swirling faster (see Figure 1).

What is a drain vortex?

Vortices form when the cylindrical volume of the water begins to gain angular momentum over the drain. Most of the water (red, yellow, and the resulting green) swirled down one drain hole while some of the water below that vortex (dark blue) drained into the second hole without a single swirl or swoosh.

What is it called when water goes down the drain?

When you send it back down the drain, it becomes wastewater and the sewage treatment process begins once more.

Where does dirty water from your house go?

Water leaving our homes generally goes either into a septic tank in the back yard where it seeps back into the ground, or is sent to a wastewater-treatment plant through a sewer system.

Does sewer water go to the ocean?

If you live near the coast your treated sewage probably goes into the ocean. The treated sewage is cleaned to make sure that it does not cause environmental problems. If the sewage is not fully treated it can cause water pollution. It also should not make people sick if they swim in the river or ocean.

Do we drink toilet water?

Toilet to tap to drinking glass Studies show that this water is completely safe to drink, but that doesn’t mean people are going to happily pour it in a water glass.

Where does sewage go in Venice?

Most of Venice’s sewage goes directly into the city’s canals. Flush a toilet, and someone crossing a bridge or cruising up a side canal by gondola may notice a small swoosh of water emerging from an opening in a brick wall.

What happens to all the poop in the world?

Some of our poop gets used as fuel, heating the very facilities that process our waste. From the toilet, your poop flows through the city’s sewage system along with all the water that drains from our sinks, showers and streets. From there, it goes to a wastewater treatment plant.

Where does the poop go in your body?

Your stool passes out of your body through the rectum and anus. Another name for stool is feces. It is made of what is left after your digestive system (stomach, small intestine, and colon) absorbs nutrients and fluids from what you eat and drink.

Is human poop good for plants?

The use of unprocessed human feces as fertilizer is a risky practice as it may contain disease-causing pathogens. The safe reduction of human excreta into compost is possible. Some municipalities create compost from the sewage sludge, but then recommend that it only be used on flower beds, not vegetable gardens.

Do roses like coffee grounds?

Roses do like coffee grounds, but too much too close can give them a nasty nitrogen burn and can kill your roses. Never sprinkle coffee grounds right next to the plant.

And as long as your compost pile is neat and reasonably odor-free, you shouldn’t be subject to any municipal nuisance laws, either. However, selling your humanure compost is definitely illegal, so don’t do that.