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People are insane............

 
 
BillRM
 
Reply Thu 17 Apr, 2014 10:23 am
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PORTLAND, Ore., - Portland, Oregon is flushing 38 million gallons (143 million liters) of drinking water down the drain because a 19-year-old urinated in an open reservoir. (USA-WATER/PORTLAND, 250 words, moved)


An open reservoir with all kinds of animal life living in it and dying in it and yet a pint or so of human urinate call for flushing 38 million gallons from the reservoir?
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fresco
 
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Reply Thu 17 Apr, 2014 11:16 am
@BillRM,
Looks like it was a local PR/economic decision presumably because publicity about the urination lead to a public demand to "do something about it".
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"That water goes directly into people's homes," David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau administrator said. "There is no way to re-treat it."

"We are not in the arid Southwest," Shaff said, "We have hundreds of millions of gallons available, so that makes it an easy call for me" to discard the water. He estimated the cost of cleaning and replacing the water at several thousand dollars.
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Thu 17 Apr, 2014 11:20 am
Who's making a profit off it?
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BillRM
 
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Reply Thu 17 Apr, 2014 11:36 am
@fresco,
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"That water goes directly into people's homes," David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau administrator said. "There is no way to re-treat it."


Lord is there any way to retreat the water when a bird died and body rot in the water or for that matter non-human animal life placing waste in the water?

The whole idea that 39 millions gallons of water should be disregards due to a few hundreds milliliters of human urine is beyond insane.
fresco
 
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Reply Thu 17 Apr, 2014 12:03 pm
@BillRM,
You don't seem to get the point that people tend to worry about what they are told. Logic is another ball-game. PR rules.
Most of us would be unlikely to eat in restaurants if we knew what sometimes goes on in the kitchens of some of them.
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Thu 17 Apr, 2014 12:08 pm
@BillRM,
You and me both, Bill.
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Thu 17 Apr, 2014 12:47 pm
@fresco,
The could have gone to the local hardware store, picked up some screen, a few valves, a pipe and some screws to make a reverse hydro-mitration filter that they could have put in the reservoir. Then they could tell the public about that they have done something to address the "problem".

It would have would have solved the problem with no reduction to the quality of water and would have cost $20 (That is an unmodified twenty dollars).

Flushing 39 million gallons of perfectly good water for no good reason is an insane waste.
fresco
 
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Reply Thu 17 Apr, 2014 01:21 pm
@maxdancona,
Maybe we should start a thread titled "The Philosophy of Waste". Smile
(There were a hell of a lot of waste shells in WW1 !)
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sat 19 Apr, 2014 01:22 am
There are three main themes here

1) the economic system no longer works. If it did the penalty for such useless waste would prevent it

2) government no longer works. If it did government would be able to tell truth to the citizens.." the water is fine".

3) people are stupid
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roger
 
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Reply Sat 19 Apr, 2014 01:38 am
Say, wasn't Oregon the state that had to cut off a bunch of agricultural users to protect some kind of fish? Freckle bellied snail dragger, or something like this. I bet a good, creative farmer would have found some way to use all that water.
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sat 19 Apr, 2014 02:30 am
@roger,
the plot thickens

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Stop the Bull Run Takeover PAC's got another big contribution—$5,000 from engineering firm CH2M Hill. The Portland-based company has received design and engineering contracts related to building underground tanks to replace the city's open-air reservoirs.


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The war over the future government of Portland's water supply is getting even more money.

Both sides of the campaign on Ballot Measure 26-156, which would remove Portland's water and environmental services bureaus from City Hall control, reported $20,000 contributions today.

And both sides also got money from allies sure to inflame the other side.


http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-31501-both_sides_of_portland_water_fight_pick_up_$20000_checks.html

It would seem that this is also about political games.
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