Wasted Water in OB

by on April 18, 2010 · 6 comments

in Economy, Energy, Environment, Labor, Ocean Beach, San Diego

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We’ve all seen it over these last months: water rushing down gutters and streets, partially filling intersections, workers on our avenues, blocked roadways to our  houses in paradise.

Why does the City have to waste so much water as it replaces our pipes – especially during this drought? This is a question many of us have asked.

Jim Noble was asking the questions last Thursday while he took these shots. Again a picture or 9 are worth thousands of words.

(Click on the images for a larger version.  All photos by Jim Noble.)

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avatar George April 18, 2010 at 10:46 am

I suspect they would answer that without flushing the newly installed pipes, everybody would have dirty gritty water running out of their faucets for a couple of days.

Here’s another picture:
http://groksurf.com/2010/04/06/unwanted-water-leak-in-ocean-beach/

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avatar Frank Gormlie April 18, 2010 at 11:19 am

George, can we re-post your article about the purple pipe water “scandal” and the golf courses?

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avatar joe tucker April 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm

George is correct. It is to flush out 1st bacteria with chlorinated water & then regular water to flush out the chlorine & the dirt from installation.

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avatar BK-OB April 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Don’t the also flush the pipes to make sure that there are good seals between each section so that no leaks occur?

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avatar Sunshine April 19, 2010 at 9:33 am

seems to me that “flushing” all the bacteria out into the streets/ocean is not a very safe or wise decision for the general public. Ya think?

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avatar Cat310 April 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Water delivery is a closed system, the flushing is to clear any contamination from when the system was open to the environment, it’s not like it’s sewage. You have a much higher chance of getting sick from usafe food handling practices like this, http://www2.sdcounty.ca.gov/ffis/DetailPage.aspx?Permit_id=418915

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