Oct 26, 2016

LCA's Drinkable Blend

Long time readers of this blog know that I have been raging against the valley's sacred cows for decades. I complained when Donny Cunningham  pimped our water. We now have multiple bottlers, which steal our water, but provide few jobs. I complained when he invited Ocean Spray and their highly acidic discharge here. They couldn't even meet New Jersey's pollution standards. I raged against the sewage overflowing into Lehigh Parkway, and documented races and marathons, held in feces and toilet paper infested areas next to the creek. I criticized the hypocrites called the Wildlands Conservancy, for tearing down scenic dams, but remaining silent about the sewage.

It turns out now that the silent yuppies are finally stirred up. Joyce Marin, who has made a career out of farmland preservation and other popular environmental fads, is upset because the LCA wants to blend a little sewage into the Little Lehigh. The LCA has been on a program to save a drop of waste water, here and there. The thinking is that if you save enough drops, perhaps they can avoid a real fix, like properly sizing their pipes and treatment facilities. For that reason, South Whitehall just made all their homeowners close off their floor drains, which were a required safeguard when the houses were built. LCA's scientist, shown above, has determined that you can drink a few parts of sewage per million, and not drop dead. A drop here and a drop there, will save an expensive pipe replacement.


JoshLCowen said...

So when South Whitehall homeowners get water in their basements they will have to let them flood? Really? No floor drains? I'm sure the township required them in the first place because of the travesty of Ancient Oaks, the Valley's first suburban subdivision. Those poor people have suffered for some 50 years because a brilliant government leader gave a builder the right to not prepare for flooding at Spring Creek.

michael molovinsky said...

josh@5:18, correct, they mandated that all floor drains must be done away with (and inspected all properties in the township for compliance) the thinking is that floor drains contribute to water put into the sewer system. any condensation flow, such as from AC's, has to be pumped directly outside. homeowners concerned with safety were advised to have sump-pumps installed.. all this was done as a band-aid to lessen the DEP burden on the sewer infrastructure.

Chilio Pepper said...

Of course..sump pumps mean nothing if power goes down during an inundation from a storm.