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Strange and Unexpected Things Found in Sewers

Our toilets and sewers are not garbage cans. Yes, they can make things disappear in a flash. But they’re built to support a complicated infrastructure that requires communities to have common sense to never dispose of diapers, syringes, batteries, or even toys down the toilet or sewers. The obvious reason is that these items clog the sewers, but they can also pose as health risks to the amazing men and women who must remove these items.
 
Below is a list of some of the strange and unexpected things found in sewers. Some of them are headscratchers as to how they got there. If you have any that you would like to add to the list, please email us at marketing@castagra.com.
 
Gold Found in Japanese Sewers
Gold Bars
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In 2009, Japan was going through a recession, job losses, and failing stocks. But Suwa treatment facility in Nagano, Japan, reported a finding of tens of thousands of pounds worth of gold pulled from sludge, which came as a welcoming surprise during their deep recession.
 
Cow in Manhole
Cow in Manhole
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A cow in the Fujian province in eastern China went missing for four days. Locals found it in a sewer after hearing mooing sounds coming from underground. No one knows how this happened, but once the farmer was informed on his cow’s whereabouts, he made a makeshift crane to free her.
 
Moist Towelettes
Moist Towelettes
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Moist towelettes for the backside have clogged up the Honolulu sewer systems, pump stations and treatment plants, despite companies labelling them as toilet-friendly.
 
“These wipes also contribute to recurring problems at our pumping stations; they do not break down, and create additional work for our crews who have to repeatedly remove them on a monthly or weekly basis,” said Markus Owens, a spokesperson for Honolulu’s Department of Environmental Services.
 
Jaw
Jaw
Beothuk
 
From Flickr user, Beothuk, half a jaw was pulled from an Edmonton sewer. Can anyone identify what kind of animal this may be?
 
Killer Bees in Manhole
Killer Bees in Manhole
source: Eric Wieduwilt, Pima County Wastewater Management Department via Sewerhistory
 
In Tucson, Arizona, these killer bees were found on the flipside of a manhole cover.
Source: Eric Wieduwilt, Pima County Wastewater Management Department via Sewerhistory
 
Diamond Engagement Ring
Diamond Ring
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Shannon Harrigan, a Tequesta, Florida woman had her diamond engagement slip off as she was giving her son a bath. It was found when a crew member from the Loxahatchee River District showed up to clean the sewer pipes near her house. “I was raking through the pile and I took a stroke and it was sitting right on top of the next spot,” said worker, Ryan Robertson. “I said ‘no way did we just find this’.”
 
Bicycle
Bicycle
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How does a bicylce get down there? How does it even fit?
 
Hockey Sticks
Hockey Sticks
Beothuk
 
Another awesome find from Beothuk. Hockey sticks?! How did they even end up down there?
 
Dinosaur Fossil
Dinosaur Fossil_Leduc
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A construction crew working on a new housing development in Leduc, Alberta discovered dinosaur fossils in a storm sewer. Palentologists from the Royal Tyrrell Museum believe the fossils are from a duck-billed dinosaur called a Hypacrosaurus.
 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’s Lair
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Sewer Lair for Sale
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Compilation Video

 
A compilation of strange and wonderful things found in the sewer system. Enjoy!
 

TNphoto Tatsuya Nakagawa
Tatsuya Nakagawa is the VP of Marketing and co-founder of Castagra Products, a storage tank and wastewater coatings manufacturing company that is highly acclaimed for its sustainable coatings and cold weather coating applications. Castagra products are NSF-61 certified and are used by the world’s top water and wastewater contractors.