The Washington Metro area has become a national symbol of plastic trash.
But it also has a reputation for the sort of plastic garbage that can linger in the water for weeks or even years.
In the spring, the area has been home to an outbreak of the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, also known as Clostroides botulinus.
Plastic bags, plastic plates, plastic man, plastic plastic bottles and other plastic debris can clog up the sewer system.
Clostrobacter is a bacteria that is known to cause botulism, a potentially fatal poisoning caused by ingesting contaminated food.
The water in the Metro area is polluted with Clostratium.
That makes it particularly dangerous for the bacteria, according to Dr. David Katz, director of the University of Washington Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
Katz says the water in Puget Sound is particularly prone to getting clogged with the bacterium.
“If you’re dealing with water that’s contaminated, then you’re also dealing with potentially some of the highest rates of the disease in the United States, if not the world,” Katz said.
It’s unclear how many people have died from the bacteria in the area since the outbreak started.
But in May, Metro officials announced they were closing down three sewer systems in the region because of the growing problem of plastic waste.
Metro says that because the disease is so prevalent in the city, its been hard to get the sewer systems shut down.
But some officials say it is too late.
“It’s a great problem to have,” said Dan Grossman, a retired Washington County District Court judge.
Katz said that in addition to clogging the sewer, the bacteria can also contaminate the water supply. “
We have no funding to replace all of these old, decaying, leaking pipes,” he said.
Katz said that in addition to clogging the sewer, the bacteria can also contaminate the water supply.
“Plastic is the number one cause of contamination in our water,” Katz explained.
Katz said Metro is also seeing a rise in people who are leaving the city to work outside the city limits. “
So we need to do everything we can to keep our water safe, clean and safe to drink.”
Katz said Metro is also seeing a rise in people who are leaving the city to work outside the city limits.
“I think it’s important to understand that this isn’t a new phenomenon, but it’s something we have been trying to address and address for a while,” Katz told ABC News.
“In the past 10 years, the average number of people who have moved out of Washington County has gone from over 5,000 to over 15,000.”
Katz also pointed to the fact that there have been a few outbreaks in Metro in recent years.
“What we’re seeing is that in recent times, there have not been many of these outbreaks,” he explained.
However, he said that a large part of the reason is because the bacteria is becoming more prevalent in urban areas, particularly in the Seattle area.
“You’ve got a city that’s becoming more and more industrialized,” Katz added.
“And that’s also what makes it more susceptible to Clostrubacter.”