It might be obvious but there is never just one factor to consider when constructing a building. Other than being a treat to look at, the building needs to be constructed in a way that it caters its impact on surroundings and the way residents deal with various issues. The tallest building in the world Burj Khalifa, for instance, may be a spectacle but you would be surprised to learn that its sewage system does not quite match the same class.
Truth be told, the 828-meter building is not even connected to any municipal wastewater treatment system. What happens to all the poop, you must be wondering. That, my friends, is carried out of the place in trucks. It’s quite unbelievable to even think that a building of this stature and crafted with so much ingenuity would miss something so basic.
Burj Khalifa itself has a total of 163 floors that can accommodate upto 35,000 people. Naturally, if that many people are fulfilling their need to feed, the human waste that is produced as a result totals around 7,000,000 each day. Given that water channels this human waste away via piping system, this boosts that total to about 15 tonnes of sewage a day.
Even the author of The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper, Kate Ascher agrees that taking sewage in trucks and waiting in queues to put all of it into waste water treatment plants is quite primitive. Speaking of waiting in queues to dump the poop, there are times that when trucks have to wait for days before that comes to pass. It is really mind boggling to even imagine such an oldfashioned approach to dump sewage in one of the most developed cities.