This suburban house hides something surprising (1972)

Original publication: LIFE Date: December 29, 1972
Categories: 1970s, Discoveries & inventions, Home & garden, Money & work, Vintage advertisements
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The one without the doorbell is a sewage plant

Posing as a 1-1/2 bath, three-bedroom home in suburban Freehold, New Jersey, this electrically-operated sewage treatment plant can purify 50,000 gallons of raw waste a day from the 125 neighboring houses.

Electric energy powers pumps, mixers and a “sludge magnet” that will turn out nearly pure water, water vapor and about ten pounds of ash per week. usable as building material.

No air pollution, no stinky ooze, no water pollution.

The one without a doorbell (topmost photograph) may be one answer to the growing contamination of a precious resource — clean water. An estimated 17 billion gallons of raw sewage pours into America’s rivers, lakes, bays and underground streams every day.

Cleaning America’s waterways and keeping them clean could cost $30 billion in the coming years. But it’s a job that can’t be ignored. And whether it’s done with lots of little houses or lots of conventional plants, lots of versatile electric power will be needed to make them do their stuff.

Our country’s ability to clean the air, water and land will depend on an adequate supply of electricity. There’s no time to waste. New generating facilities must be built, and built in a way compatible with
our environment. But we need your understanding today to meet tomorrow’s needs.

The people at your Investor-Owned Electric Light and Power Companies

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Source publication: LIFE

Publication date: December 29, 1972

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