Delta area cities are still allowed by the State Water Quality Control Board to dump millions of gallons of polluted sewage water into California rivers and the Delta.
Apr 19, 2018
We have written many times about the problem of partially treated sewage in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Our point of view is that while the State Water Board attempts to solve the problem of the Delta by taking more and more water from farmers and letting it flow through the Delta to the sea, they neglect to solve the problem of sewage flowing to the Delta and to the fish that live there. The article below is just another example of that.
Delta area cities are still allowed by the State Water Quality Control Board to dump millions of gallons of polluted sewage water into California rivers and the Delta. Delta water is a source of drinking water for millions of people in Southern California, a place for recreational boating, fishing and swimming. We'd like to think it's not dangerous. And yet, the Board issues these warnings:
Do not drink water from the river or use river water for cooking.
Wash your hands or shower after swimming.
Do not enter the water if you have cuts or open sores. These are pathways for bacteria to enter your body.
This particular article is about the American River and issues this ominous warning: "Last year, the lower American River was placed on California’s list of impaired waters because of elevated E. coli levels. Water bodies are added to the list when monitoring data does not meet water quality standards."
Check out the Great Delta Toilet Bowl pamphlet that says 'each day up to one billion gallons of partially treated sewage is dumped into the Sacramento-San Joaquin and its associated waterways." Maybe the Delta Smelt need to heed the warnings.
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