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Sewage Is the Real Problem!

Recent storms "exposed problems with Sacramento-area wastewater systems that failed to contain sewage."

Mar 07, 2017

We have been saying for a long time that too much emphasis is being put on how much water farmers use and too little time spent on how much sewage is flowing into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  The Sacramento Bee reports that the recent storms "exposed problems with Sacramento-area wastewater systems that failed to contain sewage."

The storms "created more pressure than some sewer lines and plants could handle. From Jan. 1 to March 2, more than 1 million gallons of wastewater spilled in the capital region."

Water officials downplayed any impact on drinking water and "agreed that such contamination would be unlikely, in part because of dilution from the storms and the volume of water in the American River."  We believe that these officials also fight for river water from the San Joaquin, the Toulumne, the Stanislaus and the Merced Rivers to dilute the sewage that happens every day.

If you've ever seen the information provided in the "The Great Delta Toilet Bowl" flyer that we sent out a few years ago you know that the Sacramento region "discharges millions of gallons of partially treated sewage into the Delta. Contained in this wastewater are significant concentrations of ammonia. On a monthly basis, Sacramento adds high levels of ammonia to the Delta – far more than any other source. These discharges are believed to have asignificant impact  on Delta Smelt and other threatened and endangered species."

Millions of gallons of the partially treated sewage/ammonia flow into the Delta each and every day.  Much of the water is sent to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California that provides residential drinking water to millions of Southern Californians.
We also noted a recent article in the Modesto Bee that disclosed sewage spills into the San Joaquin River.  The sheer volume of the spill was disguised by describing it in cubic feet per second (CPS).  "Wastewater that has been treated but not disinfected will be discharged at an estimated average daily flow of 30 to 45 cubic feet per second."  30-45 CPS doesn't sound like much, but it's 29 million gallons a day of polluted sewage.

So we have permitted sewage dumps on a daily basis in and around the Delta, unpermitted dumps when the system is overloaded, and they can't figure out why the fish are sick and not re-populating.

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