Let Them Drink Sewage….ummm…Wastewater

Seriously if you live in parts of SoCal this is in the works for you.  Drink up.

And by the way keep watering your lawns and golf courses.

I will bet you that property values will just soar in these areas that are watered this way when the news gets out.  Any takers?

Even better the water customers get to pay 5% more for the improvement that the wastewater will give their hydration experience.

Now lots of these folks down in Orange County and San Diego County are the kind of folks who believe that water flouridation is a commie plot foisted upon us by a complicit government.  But since there has been no uprising yet over this issue the same folks seem to be just fine with eating shit as long as it is government processed.  Do you see the irony?

By the way I am opposed to flouridation myself, because I don’t like the idea of medicating our water supply on principle.  Give us pure water please.

“Using this technology, Orange County Water District produces 70 million gallons of drinking water a day that is injected into the groundwater basin and delivered to thousands of homes and businesses every day.”

http://www.enlacelink.com/news/2011/mar/06/harvesting-a-new-water-source-right-at-home/

Now if you want to know what I really think about this idea is I think it is outrageously stupid.  Technology advances, to be sure, and the technology may well be adequate right now to produce potable water from wastewater.  But what happens fifteen or twenty years down the line when the water district is squeezed, equipment starts wearing out, maintenance is cut back, corners are cut on decontamination?  One bad accident and the aquifer (our common water supply) is contaminated for a long time.  This is a more serious issue than a bridge falling down, it could have bad outcomes for millions.  This is an extreme measure that may someday be necessary but in an era when we still have golf courses and lawns there is no reason to even consider this.  At a cost of $200 million dollars for this one project alone it sure smells like a boondoggle, not like cool, cool, water.

have a peaceful day,

Bill

Prions:

This altered structure is extremely stable and accumulates in infected tissue, causing tissue damage and cell death.[7] This structural stability means that prions are resistant to denaturation by chemical and physical agents, making disposal and containment of these particles difficult.

Current research suggests that the primary method of infection in animals is through ingestion. It is thought that prions may be deposited in the environment through the remains of dead animals and via urine, saliva, and other body fluids. They may then linger in the soil by binding to clay and other minerals.[53]

A University of Californian research team, led by Nobel prize winner Stanley Prusiner, has proven that infection can occur from prions in manure.[citation needed] And since manure is present in many areas surrounding water reservoirs, as well as used on many crop fields, it raises the possibility of widespread transmission.

Infectious particles possessing nucleic acid are dependent upon it to direct their continued replication. Prions, however, are infectious by their effect on normal versions of the protein. Sterilizing prions therefore involves the denaturation of the protein to a state where the molecule is no longer able to induce the abnormal folding of normal proteins. Prions are generally quite resistant to proteases, heat, radiation, and formalin treatments,[54] although their infectivity can be reduced by such treatments. Effective prion decontamination relies upon protein hydrolysis or reduction or destruction of protein tertiary structure. Examples include bleach, caustic soda, and strong acidic detergents such as LpH.[55] 134°C (274°F) for 18 minutes in a pressurized steam autoclave may not be enough to deactivate the agent of disease.[56][57] Ozone sterilization is currently being studied as a potential method for prion denature and deactivation.[58] Renaturation of a completely denatured prion to infectious status has not yet been achieved, however partially denatured prions can be renatured to an infective status under certain artificial conditions.[59]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prion

Persistence of Pathogenic Prion Protein during Simulated Wastewater Treatment Process

http://braintalkcommunities.org/forums/showthread.php?t=34129

Prions Are Not Degraded By Conventional Sewage Treatment Processes

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080623093029.htm

UPDATE:

East County Residents Speak Out Against Proposed El Monte Valley Water Reclamation Project

“It is the sand mining component of the project that had many residents of the El Monte Valley up in arms. Barnes said that in order to facilitate the transporting of about 12 million tons of sand into and out of the valley, about 500 haul trucks will be on the road each day (250 in and 250 out) over the course of eight years.”

http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/east-county-residents-speak-out-against-proposed-el-monte-valley-water-reclamation-project

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