Posts Tagged ‘hetch hetchy’

Frisco’s PUC Shows how a Reliable Tap Water Supply is Better a Super Reliable Tap Water Supply

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

This ad here has been my white whale – I’ve caught glimpses of it all over town the past few weeks, but here’s my first view head on.

Anyway, I guess you can see the three streams of water here:

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So I’m disputing the “amazing” claim about the 100% Hetch Hetchy what some of us will continue to get (due to a bad nitrate score last time I checked) AND I’ll point out that the groundwater being added in isn’t good enough to be tap water on its own – it needs to be cut, heavily, with Hetch Hetchy water, right?

So what would an honest marketing campaign look like? IDK, how about we’re lowering drinking water for some of you, mostly on the west side. And then you could point out the pros and cons of this decision…

Frisco’s “SMART WATER” – Our SFPUC has a Lot of Gumption with This New Ad Campaign – “Hella?”

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Here’s the latest:

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1. So how “amazing” is the water we take from Hetch Hetchy / Yosemite area? Well I think it’s fine, but check this oot, eh?

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So what are we, like #11 in population but #33 in water quality? Hmmm. Is that really so amazing?

2. The groundwater the SFPUC is hella* excited to add to your water (maybe – it depends on where you live in Frisco) is of lower quality than what we steal from the baby Yosemite Valley we flooded in order to steal from.

3. So to conclude, you can look forward to higher water prices (raising at a rate much higher than inflation) along with lower water quality in the coming years.

IOW, you’d prefer to get your water “smart” as opposed to “hella smart.”

In closing, hella hella hella…

*Our PUC, mostly run by old white dudes: “How do you do, fellow kids?

The SFPUC’s Marketing of Its Adulteration of Our Water Supply is Pretty Amazing

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Well let’s take a look at what ppl who don’t get paid by the SFPUC to crow about the SFPUC and see what they say about Frisco’s vaunted (“amazing,” they call it) Hetch Hetchy water. Oh, we’re down there around #33 or so, betwixt Pittsburgh and a town even more corrupt than ours. (I’m sure there’s a rejoinder to that, but I don’t know what it might be.)

Anyway, the local PUC is a gonna cut our normal water with well water what by itself isn’t generally good enough to be considered acceptable drinking water. But if you adulterate the water supply only a little, you can still meet standards and also save a few bucks as well.

The ad I saw on the side of a MUNI bus had “reliable” or reliability as the theme. And here’s what you see at
San Francisco Groundwater Supply Project

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There are pros and cons to adulterating our water supply of course.

First We Steal the Hetch Hetchy Valley, a Little Yosemite, and Then We Waste the Electricity It Provides

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

In 1870, Muir called Hetch Hetchy Valley “a wonderfully exact counterpart of the great Yosemite.”

Then we flooded it, for water and for the juice, the precious juice.

And now we waste the juice by leaving our lights on all the live long day:

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Oh well.

Surprise: Frisco’s ZERO EMISSION Buses are Zero LOCAL Emission Buses

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Just saying:

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But I guess the SFMTA hungers for a slightly higher approval rating, hence this effort.

If you want to get into the Hetch Hetchy system, ask yourself if it is zero emission.

(It’s not.)

Vaunted Frisco/Hetchy Hetchy Drinking Water Quality Ranked 33rd in National Study – Why? NITRATE ‘n Stuff

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Oh well:

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The latest rankings:

National Drinking Water Database – City Water Ratings

Big City Water Ratings

EWG rated big city (population over 250,000) water utilities based on three factors: the total number of chemicals detected since 2004; the percentage of chemicals found of those tested; and the highest average level for an individual pollutant, relative to legal limits or national average amounts, including for the most common pollutants (disinfection byproducts, nitrate and arsenic). [read more on rating methodology]

What SFMTA/MUNI Really Means When It Says, “Hybrid Electric” and “Zero Emission”

Friday, September 9th, 2016

It means Hybrid Diesel (or Diesel Hybrid, if you’d prefer) and…

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…it means Zero Local* Emissions.

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You see, I’m saying the glass is half full, and the people at the SFMTA are saying the glass is 78.8% full, after fudging some numbers up from the actual 50%. It just depends on how you look at it, and how motivated you are to want to mislead people…

*If you want to say that our Hetch Hetchy system, the one that we shouldn’t even be owning/operating, has zero emissions everywhere, well, I’ll disagree.

Front Lawn, Frisco, During the Great Drought of Aught 15-16

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

How would you water this wobbly putting green high up near Turtle Hill / Grand View Park? Do you wait for the rain of Yosemite to accumulate and then make its way through hundreds of miles of the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct to get to Frisco and then have somebody pump it up to your house so that you can waste “America’s Best Drinking Water” for your own suburban-style glorification?

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I think that’s the system, man.

But brown is the new green, man.

Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bathroom Graffiti – From “Hetch Hetchy —>” to “Hobo—>” – Good Morning, Sunshine

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

First it was all like this, but now it’s all like this:

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These “Rain Gardens” on Fell Street are Now Complete – Will They Make You Like the SFPUC More?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

IDK, maybe they will.

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Of course, this design is the “beautiful” version. (What would an ugly rain garden look like, one wonders.)

And look, the “natural” weeds have already been carefully planted. Is our PUC going to water these weeds, you know, during the months and months when we don’t get any rain at all, to keep them green and “beautiful?” We’ll see.

(BTW, if you label the PUC the PUC, at least a few employees / contractors / interns / somebody who has access to the PUC’s email system just might hector you about instead calling the PUC “SF Water,” or SF Water Power Sewer. Let’s hope our SFPUC isn’t paying its employees $114 an hour on the side to email about how “confused” I am with my belief that the SFPUC can, at least sometimes, be rightfully be called the SFPUC.)

But, Gentle Reader, the well-paid PUC outreach people say that you can take a “tour” of these rain gutters if you want. Email at ssip@sfwater.org