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California is the Future: Recycled sewer water and mountains of debris

California is the Future: Recycled sewer water and mountains of debris

Ahead of the presidential visit, our politicians would rather bash Trump then address public health issues effectively.

President Donald Trump will be spending the day in Southern California, inspecting the border wall prototypes constructed near San Diego and drawing out the #Resistance in the form of organized protests.

 It will be interesting to see if Trump gives US Senator Kamala Harris a fun nickname, especially after her tweet touting the Golden State as the future of the nation.

If California is the future, then I feel it is my duty as a resident to give everyone fair warning of what is in store! New regulations approved by the California State Water Resources Control Board allow treated recycled water that comes from city sewers to be added to reservoirs, the source of California municipal drinking water.

The regulations specify the percentage of recycled water that can be added and how long it must reside there before being treated again at a surface water treatment facility and provided as drinking water, according to the Water Board.

“This is a type of indirect potable use — it’s not treated recycle water that goes directly to someone’s house,” said Miryam Barajas at the Water Board. “It’s highly treated.

In fact, San Diego is leading the state in carrying out a sewer-to-reservoir operation. I will simply point out that it is only a matter of time before the system fails, and untreated sewer water ends up in the tap to create a public health crisis.

It is a good thing that Trump prefers golfing to biking. The clean-up of the Santa Ana River Bike Trail (after the homeless encampment was officially closed) generated tons of hazardous waste, needles, and other debris.

More than 400 tons of debris, 13,950 needles and 5,279 pounds of hazardous waste were discovered in Santa Ana River Trail in California between January 22 and March 3.

The waste was from a more than two-mile stretch of bike trail from around the I-5 in Orange to Ball Road in Anaheim, the OCR reported.

Hazardous waste includes human waste, propane and pesticides.

The Santa Ana River Trail was once populated by homeless people, but the encampments were dismantled in late February.

Here is what it looked like prior the the clean-up:

Trump made a few comments ahead of his visit, during his weekly address on Saturday. He accused California leaders of acting “in open defiance of federal law.

“They don’t care about crime,” Trump said. “They don’t care about death and killings. They don’t care about robberies. They don’t care about the kind of things that you and I care about.”

It also appears our leaders care little about public health, either. I might suggest that President Trump brand our junior senator as “Confused Kamala”. Given her priorities, the name seems apt.


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Close The Fed | March 14, 2018 at 9:17 am

Hm. I think POTUS visited yesterday. But I appreciate all the salient points re: Kamala Harris and “the future.”

YellowGrifterInChief | March 14, 2018 at 9:53 am

I will simply point out that it is only a matter of time before the system fails

So I guess you can’t fault the system right now. I will simply point out that many Trump policies are bound to fail. For instance, off-shore oil drillers are not required to post a bond or otherwise insure that they will clean up after a well fails or the platform is abandoned because the regulation requiring that has been removed as too expensive.

I will simply point out that it is only a matter of time before the system fails

The Louisiana wetlands are disappearing because of issues like the canals that have cut them up and climate change.

I will simply point out that it is only a matter of time before the system fails

Trump is right about a few things. His followers don’t care about his narcissism and greed. They only care about the crime they can use for political purposes. They don’t care about the killing of school children unless they can use it to justify more guns.

I will simply point out that it is only a matter of time before the system fails

18 months and he is already starting to crumble.

Here’s a funny nickname for Trump: “YellowGrifterInChief”.

    Jack Klompus in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    You are one sad, dopey, little cretin. Have you ever been on a date in your entire miserable pointless life?

    All of these issues predate Trump. Whether the Santa Ana Trail or downtown San Francisco, local politics and local politicians set the stage for failure in this case. I find it more than ironic that civic responsibility is only demanded of the people who are never the problem.

      YellowGrifterInChief in reply to alaskabob. | March 14, 2018 at 11:52 am

      Just pointing out the parallel in Louisiana. Trump just rolled back the regulations that require those operating or drilling in the Gulf to demonstrated that they can and will clean up after themselves.

      Dirty is dirty. I can show you pictures of decrepit platforms and leaking oil. Is that any prettier than the homeless camp?

        Oh… the sky is falling without more regulations! Reminds me of the spoof in National Lampoon about Consumer Reports that criticised motorcycles for poor climate control and no seat belts.

        More regulations do not necessarily reduce risks and have unintended consequences. You may wish for a bubble wrapped planet but that means a lot of plastic waste.

        No parallel. Trump didn’t invite the Third World in to run the oil industry. CA did invite it to live there.

Oh go away little man. It’s so painful to watch you fail yet again. I almost feel obligated to teach you how to troll properly. I mean, goalkeepers Union and all that, for the love of God would you at least get someone to help you? You’re not even entertaining.

Back on point regarding the article, I forget the exact quote but it’s something close to the more your local officials talk about climate change and World Peace the less you can expect in basic services like water treatment trash disposal roadway maintenance.

DouglasJBender | March 14, 2018 at 10:32 am

“Bad Karma Kamala”?

Welcome to Venezuela de la Pacifica! Cleaning up after the Left is a dirty and hazardous job. Moral, cultural and physical rot are their Legacy.

OnTheLeftCoast | March 14, 2018 at 11:16 am

The population has nearly doubled in the last forty years and no meaningful water storage capacity has been added in that time.

San Diego put in a desalination plant a few years back over heavy environmental opposition. Sewage plant effluent is much cheaper than desalinated water.

What could go wrong?

As an operator of a water treatment plant in Pennsylvania, I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that this ‘process’ happens every day all over the country. Many sewer plants have NPDES permits which allows them to discharge treated water into streams. The plant in which I work is less than 2 miles downstream from such a discharge point. During rain events the sewer plant is overloaded and may discharge straight through. And we treat that. And send it to the public. Because, once we do our jobs, the water is safe to drink, no matter what comes in. If we can’t treat it, we shut down.
I imagine these are ‘open air’ reservoirs; with fish, algae, and all manner of birds and mammals doing what they do. Those wastes are just as hard to treat as human waste, in the case of algae, ever harder.

    Spot on. Mississippi River towns are a great example. Minneapolis draws fresh water, treats it, distributes it and then treats their sewage and dumps it back in the river. The Quad Cities do the same thing, and so on down the river. By the time it gets to the gulf, that water has been drank and pissed many times.

    On a related note, Mississippi River catfish sure does taste better than farm raised.

    Already happened–more than once. Most notably about 5 years ago in–google it–Guelph Ontario. Maybe 18 or so people died through the incompetent decisions of the plant manager, demonstrating there is more than one route to disaster. The guy’s union went to work for him, hired a gang of lawyers who terrorised everybody and eventually he was dismissed but with a big compenatory package. Naive to count on a deteriorating situation being perfectly managed where people are involved.

4th armored div | March 14, 2018 at 11:44 am

Arabs piss – Israelis recycle

Israel Leads World in Water Recycling
Feb 15, 2017 | FLUENCE NEWS TEAM

Roughly 90 percent of the wastewater generated in Israel is reused, making it the leading nation in water recycling, according to an article in The Tower Magazine. It cited a report from Israel’s water authority.

I wouldn’t worry too much about running processed sewage into an open water source, such as a reservoir. As the draw-off from the reservoir is filtered and treated before it is distributed to humans, this should take care of the problem.

What is a much bigger problem is untreated human waste and other biological contaminants left lying about city streets, parks and other areas frequented by human beings. We have already seen the problems with disease caused by this practice.

buckeyeminuteman | March 14, 2018 at 2:14 pm

“We can’t build reservoirs because the dams will impede the mating migration of the yellow-bellied swallow hatch. So as a workaround, you’ll all drink recycled sewer water. Not me of course. I’ll be drinking Perrier with my nose turned up at Middle America.” – Gov. Moonbeam

judgeroybean | March 14, 2018 at 2:47 pm

Way too late to worry about nasty chemicals in the water Kapiphornia leftists drink. Straight urine would be safer.

They better be careful or the homeless problem and this problem could become related.

And if so, who will come out on top as the favored underdog? The homeless or the hungry city dwelling mountain lions? That will be a tough call in Crazy Cali land.

wonder what the democrats would do it these people realized the power they possess, and started to use it.

In Alaska… we used to say:
” Flush twice, California needs the water ”
We’d entertain building a pipeline to them and closing our processing plants… for a pretty competitive rate..
I’m certain everything would come out ok..