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[GreenYes] Food outside the pipe.

In a message dated 8/9/2006 9:11:03 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
hspie@no.address writes:Alan's concerns (which I share) relate to the likelihood that
conventional sewer systems will sometimes fail.

Here is the problem;
1. early sewer connections did not require a lot of pre treatment
(industrial chemicals)..
2. Original clay sewer pipers put in during the 60 ies are leaking (this
is called infiltration). No problem in dry or average weather but in the big
storm the water seeps into the pipes and they flow at full capacity which a
treatment plant or wet well can not take for very long (capacity issues).
When that happens the wastewater is diverted, usually to a holding basin and if
necessary to a live stream.

During the big storms in SO CAL last year million of gallons of raw sewage
was discharged into the ocean from San Diego to Santa Barbara.

Alan is right, taking the organics a and sorting them for composting is
best practice and more consistently environmentally sound.

San Diego, California

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