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February 28, 2011

It’s Official: San Francisco Stinks!

Filed under: environmentalism, politics — Tags: , — edge of the sandbox @ 11:18 pm

Visitors be warned:

San Francisco’s big push for low-flow toilets has turned into a multimillion-dollar plumbing stink.

Skimping on toilet water has resulted in more sludge backing up inside the sewer pipes, said Tyrone Jue, spokesman for the city Public Utilities Commission. That has created a rotten-egg stench near AT&T Park and elsewhere, especially during the dry summer months.

The city has already spent $100 million over the past five years to upgrade its sewer system and sewage plants, in part to combat the odor problem.

Now officials are stocking up on a $14 million, three-year supply of highly concentrated sodium hypochlorite – better known as bleach – to act as an odor eater and to disinfect the city’s treated water before it’s dumped into the bay. It will also be used to sanitize drinking water.

So first “the City” dropped $100 million on politically correct toilets, and now it it needs another $14 mil/3 years to fix resulting stench.  In a related news, San Francisco is something like 1.3 billion in debt.  Why not reinstall the civilized toilets and save?  Assuming SF will have to keep spending $14 mil/3 years to alleviate the stench, and returning to conventional toilets will cost another $100, the City will break even in two decades.  And besides, what about all that bleach the City will depose in the Bay? 

A Don’t Bleach Our Bay alert has just gone out from eco-blogger Adam Lowrywho argues the city would be much better off using a disinfectant like hydrogen peroxide – or better yet, a solution that would naturally break down the bacteria.

As for whether the supposedly environmentally friendly, low-flow toilets are worth the trouble? Well, according to Jue, they have helped trim San Francisco’s annual water consumption by about 20 million gallons.

There is another reason San Francisco streets stink: the homeless whom the City likes to pile up right in front of the City Hall, syringes and all.  They need to go potty, don’t they?

In any event, many of the solutions to environmental problems (and imagined problems) open a whole new can of worms.  For instance, wind power generators will kill birds.  Lack of logging results in forest fires. Switching from disposable to reusable cloth diapers will require an expansion of water and energy to wash and dry the reusables.  But, apparently, water consumption is only a problem if it’s a more efficient way of removing human excrement.  It just seems to point to the fact that environmental self-flagellation is more of repentance before Gaia then anything else.

H/t: DH

UPDATE: Almost forgot!  California lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom who banned plastic bags and bottles during his tenure as San Francisco mayor is also a Gaia sinner.  He was driving around a collection empty plastic bottles in his SUV.

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4 Comments »

  1. Don’t misunderstand; I’m not doubting the insane asylum that is San Francisco, but admittedly, many of these unintended consequences are hard to predict. I don’t know that I necessarily blame them.

    Comment by daniel noe — March 14, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

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