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Dirty Jobs: Sewage Treatment

Nearly every job at a waste treatment plant is handled by a machine. However, when a lift pump breaks, humans must step in to remove or repair the pump. Take a look at this video from Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" to learn more about sewage treatment.


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