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The News Minute | December 2, 2014 | 12.35 pm IST

At over 828 meters and more than 160 stories, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai holds the record of being the tallest building in the world. With so many floors and tremendous height one would assume the technology used for its sewage system to be highly sophisticated.

Unfortunately this is not the case; according to a report on inhabitat the tallest building in the world uses an archaic system for the disposal of its sewage. This archaic system involves the sewage from the building being literally trucked out to a treatment plant. The report also mentions the reason behind using such an archaic system is because the building is not hooked up to the municipal wastewater system

According to the report, the sewage is collected in trucks and is transported to a wastewater treatment facility outside the town.

Many tall buildings in Dubai are not connected to the municipal sewage system. Once the sewage is collected in trucks they wait in a queue for the collected sewage to be put into a waste water treatment plant. According to a calculation made by Gizmodo the Burj Khalifa has 163 habitable floors, and can hold 35,000 people at any given time. Humans on an average produce 100 to 250 grams of poop per day which when taken to be an average of 200 grams it comes up to 7 tonnes of poop every day. This does not include human produced liquids like pee, water used for bathing, cleaning their teeth etc. which will bring the total up to 15 tonnes of sewage daily.

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