Gross. UAE Forgot to Add Adequate Sewage System to World’s Tallest Building – All Poop Must Be Trucked Out (Video)

Nice central planning.
The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Abu Dhabi, was not built with an adequate sewage system. All of the human waste in the 829 meter tall building has to be removed by trucks.

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Gizmodo reported:

Today I learned something that also defies belief: all the poop produced there has to be removed by trucks.

Let’s do the math here. The Burj Khalifa has 163 habitable floors. It’s designed to hold 35,000 people at any given time. Now, humans produce 100 to 250 grams (3 to 8 ounces) of feces per day. Let’s say 200 in this case, since these people are well fed. That’s 7,000,000 grams per day. Seven tonnes of poop per day. Now, add human-produced liquids (pee, bathing, cleaning their teeth…) and the water to push the poop down its miles of sewage pipes. I think a very conservative total would be 15 tonnes of sewage per day.

That’s a lot of poop.

And all of it has to be removed by trucks. The trucks take all this poop to a sewage treatement facility outside of the city. It’s the same with most skyscrapers in Dubai, according to Kate Ascher, author of The Heights. Talking to Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, Kate said that these trucks are in a permanent line waiting to get into the sewage treatment plant, waiting up to 24 hours before they can unload their crap.

The trucks have to wait for hours before they can dump their crap outside of town.
Maybe they should have thought of this before they started building.

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  • Will

    Hope it don’t hit the fan.

  • Maudie N Mandeville

    Did they hire their own muslim architect, the Detroit planning board or the Zimbabwe building inspector?

  • Larry Ice

    Genius. It’s a full employment system for all of the Emir’s brother-in-laws…

  • Joel

    I hope it DOES hit the fan.

  • Texas_Treeroach

    Rush hour in Dubai just got little uglier.

  • mg4us

    Sorry to say this. .but Dubai’s crap is nothing compared to the $#!+ that will hit the fan when Obama’s bill comes due here in the US. . .

    Something stinks and it is in the White House!!!

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  • NeoKong

    It appears that they decided it was easier to just haul the waste to a facility than to build a city wide sewer system to handle the waste.
    It does not seem that the one tower does not have an inadequate sewage system but it is more likely that they have nothing to connect one to.
    I would bet one or two trucks could haul away most of a days flow.
    It may seem gross to some people but hauling human waste is a very common thing.
    Construction sites, trailer parks, beach facilities, outdoor concert venues and even the Presidential inauguration all had to have their waste trucked away.

    There are millions of homes in America as well that are not hooked up to any public sewer and occasionally must have their septic tanks emptied as well.
    Even large commercial facilities built too far away from a public system sometimes rely on a large septic system the size of half a football field.
    Add to that remote facilities in a national park as well.
    Very common.

  • Ghost

    “Fresh Air’s Terry GROSS”?! amusing irony, well it fits the mousey feminazi

    and Hey! They were the Height of Civilization 500-800 years ago, They keep telling us… and oh, by the way, isn’t it hot there, like ALL the time?!

  • FMB42

    The need to regularly truck out the “poop” is not uncommon in many “modern” buildings found in certain parts of the world (including Mexico).

    This is, in most cases, not always a design “flaw” in the building itself, but rather an “accepted” form of “sewage handling” in such countries.

  • Adirondack Patriot

    5th Century religion.

    5th Century turd removal.


  • Cactus

    A story about rats followed by a story about poop. GP is starting to look like an episode of Hoarders!

  • bg
  • Chuck in NC

    In order to get an adequate flush, you’ve gotta have water. Look around a typical town or small city – they have elevated water tanks for a reason, providing water pressure. The water has to be pumped up into the tanks to pressurize the system.

    The same applies to a super-elevated skyscraper – no water, no flush. Oops.

    7th century engineering meets 21st century sanitary sewer reality.

    Drill more – let them drink their oil and eat their sand, and go broke.

  • bobbi

    Yeah these are the same brilliant people who sponsored Matt Damkn ‘s mkvie “promised land”.

  • Sasja

    A tower to Baal worship , the god who delights in offerings of excrement to draw his legions of flies.

  • Ponderon

    One stinky job…

  • http://Americanthinker paul

    Truck it to DC and dump it. Who would notice?

  • bg


    gotta keep the drinking water clean..

    besides, it looks like that city is floating as it is..


  • Patty

    Holy Crap!!