The two-and-half minute animation follows the journey of everybody’s favorite smiling poop emoji as it travels from toilet to treatment facility. Except the emoji isn’t smiling, and the treatment facility is not always its final destination.
“When we flush the toilet to get rid of any type of waste, for most of us it’s out of sight out of mind,” says the video’s narrator.
But Michigan’s title of “worst state in the nation when it comes to infrastructure” tells us a different story.
Far too often, on the way to its final destination, our bodily waste takes many unexpected turns along the way. Primarily in the form of cracks and breaks in the state’s pipes. Some of those cracks are the results of unchecked pipes, which are more than half a century old. When our waste falls through, it mixes with our stormwater on its way to our lakes and rivers.