Those Wacky Environmentalists

by Lou Dolinar

After reporting how the Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest plans to kill owls in order to save them, I’m pleased to note that San Francisco is polluting water in order to save it. You can’t make this stuff up.

As early adopters the low-flow toilet, San Franciscans are discovering not only that people are not engineered to environmental specifications, requiring multiple flushes on occasion, but that the city’s sewerage system now needs additional water to function properly.

“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,” according to SF Gate.

The city plans to start pumping bleach into the sewers to combat the smell — about 8.5 million pounds of bleach annually. And, of course, the environmentalists are upset. In a further complication, dechlorinists are a growing faction in the environmental movement. Where will it all end?

James Delong solemnly notes at the American Enterprise Institute: “The claimed benefit from low-flow toilets is a savings of 20 million gallons of water per year. This leads to an interesting calculation, because a single-family home in SF pays $10.50 for its first 300 cubic feet of water use, and $4.90 for each 100 cubic feet used thereafter. One cubic foot equals 7.48 gallons, so the total value the city places on the 20 million gallons saved by the low-flow program is $131,000.”

I love to steal numbers from AEI and the other conservative think tanks, but they really should hire some comedy writers.

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