San Francisco: Low-flow Toilets BIG Disappointment


That tag-line could become the new city motto.

Inquiring minds are seeing a pattern develop in the Green’ technology sector…the savings of the new ‘breakthrough’ technology never seem to be as great as advertised, nor are they as good for the enviornment as billed. A case in point is San Francisco’s low-flow toilets:

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.

For those keeping score, that 8.5 million pounds of bleach being poured down city drains or into the drinking water supply every year.

Remember, the next time you’re in San Francisco, have a wonderful time…just don’t drink the water!

A tip of the hat to Louie

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