Liberalism comes full (and stinky) circle

Need a funny?

How about this: Low-flow toilets cause a stink in San Francisco.

Giggling yet?

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

Ah, $100 million taxpayer dollars to combat an unforseen complication of “environmentally friendly” toilets. Save water! Don’t flush your, um, sludge.
But wait, there’s more:
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.
$14 million more taxpayer dollars! It doesn’t grow on trees, you know.
But some eco-nuts–the ones who pushed the low-flow toilets in the first place–aren’t pleased about the bleach-the-water campaign and tout the bennies of the water savings: 20 million gallons saved annually.
Was that really worth $114 million dollars and the whiff of rotten-egg?



5 Responses

  1. Okay – its late so mebbe my math is off – I’m open to correction – but let’s see…..

    20 million gallons saved
    114 million dollars of taxpayer money
    $5.70 per gallon cost

    Hmmmm. Bargain, eh? And I looked up low flo’s and found a humdinger of a .pfd from the Massachusetts Water Board giving all the benefits of going for broke (so to speak) on these new potties….

    A typical Massachusetts home – family of four (okay, stop right there- I know. I know. Family of four – how quaint – we *are* talking about SF here…but they didn’t have numbers so just bear with me) will save 11,096 gallons a year if they replace with low-flo. That’s a Whopping $78.00 a year savings on their water bill! Dang! In 3.3 short years, they will recoup their investment on that potty. Funny thing though, they didn’t mention the increased taxes to fund the stinky smell fixes. And as we mentioned, SF isn’t exactly your “typical family of four” so their potential savings are even less when you factor it all in. Heh.

    • I don’t think you’re off. I can’t find it now–of course–but someone tallied the cost of water in SF and came to a similar conclusion. Millions spent to save thousands. Liberal math. ; )

  2. Living near SF I can tell you it has it’s share of stinky smells regardless of the low-flow issue. I know this is not uncommon for big cities of course but SF definitely doesn’t disappoint. Especially when you walk by the areas of the sidewalk where the homeless people use it as their toilet. 🙂

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