As part of a $4.5 billion repair and replacement program for the entire San Francisco water system, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission reported in 2009 that it had been working “very closely with environmentalists” in encouraging local citizens and businesses to continue to install low-flow toilets.
($100M somehow doesn’t account for noxious fumes coming off that thing)
The push for low-flow toilets, which produce roughly 85% less water per flush than an industry-standard toilet, has actually been going on for decades in San Francisco. The SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE reported today that low-flow toilets now save the city around 20 million gallons of water per year.
That water savings smells like a huge win for environmentalists .. so long as you don’t inhale while in or around AT&T Park in downtown San Francisco.
The Chronicle reported today that ..
.. 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.
Guess who’s protesting the city’s saturating the San Francisco water supply with bleach?
The same environmentalists who pushed for the low-flow toilet installation program that led to the appalling stench the bleach will be used to combat.
And they still haven’t hosed down Market Street.