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So much gold is being flushed down the drain in London, its sewers rival a working mine

$26.3 million worth of precious metals are being flushed away each year in the U.K., while Tokyo has already started extracting gold from the sludge.

Precious metals, primarily gold, worth 13-million pounds ($26.3 million) is being flushed away through sewers every year, it has been claimed.

Analysis by Thames Water found that the level of gold in sewerage systems was comparable to that found in working mines.

Hazel Prichard, a Cardiff University geologist, has been studying precious metals in waste alongside Thames Water, conducting tests in the incinerators that burn off sewage sludge.

“We were stunned,” she told The Times. “They were all consistently high in gold.”

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