BREAKING: San Francisco stinks – literally!

Posted by: ST on February 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm

And no, I’m not talking about the 49ers …

Here’s one more from the Department of Failed Left Coast Liberal Ideas:

San Francisco’s big push for low-flowotoilets 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.

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.

Parts of the city may smell like raw sewage, but hey – at least water consumption’s down! ;)

Update – 10:47 PM: William Teach quips:

Remember, in Liberal World, it is all about intentions, not outcomes

1 .Have a gripe, Someone needs to do something
2. Pass a law based on feelings
3. Unintended sh*t happens

Heh. Yep – quite literally in this case.


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  • 17 Responses to “BREAKING: San Francisco stinks – literally!”


    1. Craig Lueschow says:

      OK. So, for once, the hippies lack of adequate hygiene is not to blame for the stench in golden gate park?

    2. Phineas says:

      No wonder Newsom ran for Lt. Governor: Sacramento doesn’t stink! :P

      (Poor San Francisco. A once great city has drifted off into senility…)

    3. Craig Lueschow says:

      Phineas. I have not thought of that. Dementia couple with much hallucinogenic compounds may result in some sort of super-dementia gripping the entire city.

    4. Kate says:

      According to the 2009 US Census the population of San Francisco is 815,358. If they save 2,000,000 gallons a year that is an amazing 2.45 gallons of water saved PER YEAR for each person!

    5. PE says:

      I would love to see a break down of that 2 million gallons saved. Betcha 45 cents its not connected to the low flush toilets because people tend to flush them two or three times more than regular toilets.

    6. bill glass says:

      San Fran is pretty far gone, and toilets are the least of their problems. Radical leftists have ruined a once beautiful place.

    7. CA Mom says:

      Saving water!! They’re on the freakin’ Pacific Ocean, for God’s sake!!! No, better to save water and have crap stuck in the sewer pipes. A perfect example of not thinking things through (which isn’t surprising for a ‘progressive, left wing liberal thinking’ city like San Francisco…

    8. Carlos says:

      Several thoughts. First, “Well, duh!”

      Second, who says Sacramento doesn’t stink? And not just from the Democraps, either.

      Third, the tendency to multi-flush the water-saver toilets is national, and in fact tends to use just as much water as traditional toilets. But don’t tell that to any of the “experts” who run our lives in D.C. – all they’ll do is cover their ears and sing “La-la-la-la” all day long.

      And finally, I’d sure like to know where in the Constitution it gives the federal government the power to say how much water can be used to flush the government waste down the toilet. Or what kind of lightbulb can be used. Or what kind of gasoline can be produced. Or what kind of health care must by law be bought by private citizens. Or any of about twenty thousand other violations of the Constitution…

    9. bastiat fan says:

      I’ve always said San Francisco was a sh*thole. Now I have proof!

    10. Chris says:

      Just another example of what happens when the sane adults are forced to a-commod-ate the impassioned, incoherent and “we must do it NOW becasue the sky is falling, it really, really is!…” ravings of the loony Left.

      They drop their turd of an idea, skip off merrily in to their unicorn-filled sunset and the rest of us are stuck with cleaning up the mess.

    11. Zippy says:

      I’m sitting at my desk, snortling with laughter at all these posts.

    12. Dana says:

      Kate missed a zero:

      According to the 2009 US Census the population of San Francisco is 815,358. If they save 2,000,000 gallons a year that is an amazing 2.45 gallons of water saved PER YEAR for each person!

      Well, they claimed to be saving 20 million, not 2 million gallons per year, which would make it 24.5 gallons per person, per year. But, when that’s coupled with the city’s efforts against bottled water — a ban was proposed, but didn’t pass, though Mayor Gavin Newsom banned bottled water from city services — it kind of seems counterproductive.

    13. Carlos says:

      Newsom was going to require that all water sold in stores be in goatskins, but the animal rights people would go nuttier than they already are so he gave up on that…

    14. Terry says:

      The Democraps in Fran Crisco saved 24.5 Gals. of water per person per year. They get more water than that in fog every night! Water is a renewable resource, it never disappears or goes away, it just changes forms for a while. Vapor & liquid. What ever happened to sewage treatment systems that clean up the sewage water to the point of being Potable Water? I know L.A. Treatment Plants can do that; I used to know a guy that worked there.