This is what 8 billion litres of raw sewage would look like
Eight billion is a big number. In fact, our brains find it hard to truly comprehend a number that large.
On Tuesday, Montreal mayor Denis Coderre confirmed that the city will dump eight billion litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River beginning 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.
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So what does that look like?
Well, it would take almost an hour for that amount of water to fall down Niagara Falls — both American and Horseshoe. And it could fill 3,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
And giving it a Canadian twist, it could fill about 200,000 NHL hockey rinks.
Basically, eight billion litres of raw sewage is a lot. And it’s about to start flowing into the St. Lawrence, a river that Environment Canada calls, “a priceless jewel of our natural heritage.”
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