San Francisco is Literally Full of Shit

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    Years of requiring Low Flow Toilets combined with massive condo construction connecting into an antiquated sewer system have finally reached the inevitable consequence: San Francisco is Constipated. The City is quite literally clogged with shit.

    So now, they want to clean out the pipes with BLEACH.

    Yet another example of Big Government Do Gooderism backfiring and making things worse.

    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.

    That translates into 8.5 million pounds of bleach either being poured down city drains or into the drinking water supply every year.

    Not everybody thinks it's a good idea.

    A Don't Bleach Our Bay alert has just gone out from eco-blogger Adam Lowry who 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....


    Low-flow toilets cause a stink in SF
     
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    Wait... aren't we supposed have water treatment plants for a reason? If the water needs to be sanitized before drinking, it would seem it's not being treated properly in the first place.
     
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    See? That's the reason we need those low flow toilets. The money saved will be used to flush out the pipes that get backed up as a result of the low flow toilets! Brilliant!
     
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    I bet they use more water cleaning up the mess than was saved by the toilets in the first place.
     
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    At least a large percentage of the men in San Francisco have their shit packed.
     
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    If Frisco wasn't so beautiful, I'd say nuke the shithole and be done with it.

    Can we get some Americans to migrate there and take over?
     
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    By far.

    In addition, the oxidizing activity of sodium hypochlorite requires ideal conditions for it to work. Most of what they use will be wasted, won't even get into the oxidation curve until well after it's in the bay. It's a really stupid use of this material.
     
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    Mr. Lowry has (quite) obviously never dealt with slow-drains, at home, that often. Bleach is a helluva-lot-less expensive than all o' those drain-cleaners (i.e. Drano, Liquid Plumber, etc.), and a lot easier on your plumbing. Let a cup-full (of bleach) sit in your drain-trap (for a half-hour), follow with a half-sink full-o'-water flush....problem solved. ​
     
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    My dad, who is 74 and been a handyman all his life, complains that most cleaning solvents and liquids in use today have had the active ingredient (That which does the work) removed to make it more "eco-friendly" and thus, non effective.
     
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    Why YES! And the green government can claim "look how many people we will put to work because of this problem!" :lol:
     

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