I always thought it was mostly just the socialist politics that stink up San Fransisco, although although old hippies and homeless don’t do much for tghe air either. Now there is a new stink wafting in. This time its from the sewers. Someone came up with the bright idea that flushing a toilet with less water is a good idea. Anyone who understands the workings of plumbing and toilets understands its the water that takes away the stinky stuff. The results of the low water flushes has caused a bit of a 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.
That translates into 8.5 million pounds of bleach either being poured down city drains or into the drinking water supply every year.
This has resulted in a claimed annual water consumption by about 20 million gallon. Water of course is a renewable source.
Sounds to me like a lot of money and bleach to save $20M gallons of water, that consumers are actually purchasing.