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Old 03-02-2011, 10:47 AM
 
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Were any plumbers consulted on this? I'd think that most plumbers could have predicted that this would happen. How bad is the smell to you?


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Call this situation an illustration of the law of unintended consequences. Having imposed a flawed solution to cut down on water use, some of the same people want to pour bleach into the problem they created, causing a fight with others of the people who favored the low flow toilets with visions of bleach pouring into San Francisco Bay doing horrible things to the water and whatever fish still swim in it.

How Low-Flow Toilets Raised a Big Stink in San Francisco - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

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Old 03-02-2011, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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Were any plumbers consulted on this? I'd think that most plumbers could have predicted that this would happen. How bad is the smell to you?
Oh yeah, the plumbers knew about this. Even Roto-Rooter lobbied for low-flow toilets decades ago and now they are laughing all the way to the bank. They knew low-flush toilets wouldn't push the waste far enough down the sewer line and they would get loads of business. You can thank the enviromental-whackos for this!
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:59 AM
 
Location: East Bay
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Oh and I thought I was going crazy. Cause I noticed last week when I was in the area. That it seemed all the toilets lacked flushing power. Several times I dealt with clogged toilets. Due to the lack of flushing power. Just drove me crazy. I having lived in Iowa city. Next to the Iowa river. Where we have honest toilets with a good manly flush!
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Old 03-02-2011, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Never underestimate the value of a good plumber.
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:48 PM
 
Location: East Bay California
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I work in the Financial District near Market and First and some mornings it is absolutely rank! I never knew what it was until I heard about this on KCBS a week or so ago. And on a KSFO morning talk show the other day they had one plumber after another calling in and literally LAUGHING about all the money they were making clearing clogged pipes. Goddamned environMENTALists. When you start paying my water bill then you can tell me how I use my water.
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Old 03-09-2011, 05:50 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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Certain sewer grates in SF have smelled horrible for several years. It's only certain ones, most of them don't really smell at all.
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:10 PM
 
Location: San Leandro
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Certain sewer grates in SF have smelled horrible for several years. It's only certain ones, most of them don't really smell at all.
The ones by the ball park are god awful
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:19 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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Well it is just north of the sewage treatment plant.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:21 AM
 
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LOL....SF is definitely the smelliest city in the US...This is what I have noticed so far:
1. Many sewer grates smell bad. Unfortunately, these also are at street intersections! So you will get a good dose of smell while waiting for the pedestrian light
2. Mission bay smells like sewer for weeks sometimes. I heard this is due to some work done at the sewage plant. The city has dumped affordable housing right next to the sewer plant and some million dollar condos are nearby-
3. Market Street, Civic center, TL and parts of Mission had a persistent strong smell of human waste. I have been to large cities in the developing world and SF smells worse than most.
4. Lots of Muni buses also smell like the above
5. Lot of parks smell like dog waste.
6. Lot of people stink extremely bad.
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:58 PM
 
Location: East Bay
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The smell doesn't bother me at all. Due to one thing I do not have... Namely a sense of smell! I can pick up a skunk with impunity and have on one occasion. But clogged toilets sure are annoying.
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