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(Austin News KXAN)   If you're in Austin, and think your water tastes like shiat, you're not wrong   (kxan.com) divider line
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2021-09-26 1:54:24 AM  
Austin Water said 100,000 gallons of wastewater have spilled into a commercial storm drain

Do you want another Ted Cruz?  Because that's how you end up making a Ted Cruz.
 
2021-09-26 3:27:54 AM  
If you live in Texas, why?
 
2021-09-26 3:31:40 AM  
Austin = Flint 2.0
 
2021-09-26 3:33:24 AM  
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2021-09-26 3:33:38 AM  

Gyrfalcon: If you live in Texas, why?


Believe me, when I get enough coin, I am farking out of this shiathole white trash 'good ol boy' hick of a state
 
2021-09-26 3:40:30 AM  
Note, this is sewage flowing into a storm drain, something that happens in literally almost every major city in North America during heavy rainfall events. That's because prior to the 1980s combined overflow systems were the norm. Today municipal water systems are having to retrofit these systems to capture the overflow and store it for later processing. That's a super expensive and long process. Cleveland for instance is going to spend 25 years and $3B to eliminate 80% of their discharge.

Oh, and it has zero impact on drinking water other than perhaps requiring higher disinfectant concentration depending on where outflows and inflows are. The biggest impact is to water recreation, you'll most likely see no swimming orders near the outflow into whatever body of water is the catch for the stormwater system.
 
2021-09-26 3:41:01 AM  
I've heard the rest of Texas sucks, but Austin is the shiat.

I didn't realize it was literal.
 
2021-09-26 3:48:37 AM  
Another Democratic town with water problems? What is it with those guys...
 
2021-09-26 3:57:37 AM  

ColonelCathcart: Another Democratic town with water problems? What is it with those guys...


It's all the Reichwingers that just recently heard that you could "Call up Ralph on the Big White Phone"
 
2021-09-26 4:08:10 AM  
I had that once where I live. Suddenly the chlorine level was very high. I called and they said there was an "accident". And that the chlorine level would be high for a while.
 
2021-09-26 4:30:44 AM  
Ok Florida, go the fark home before I change my mind.

Texas!
Where do you think you're going?
Stay here and clean this shiat up on your own or I'm calling your mom Kamala and dad Joe to come over here and watch your every move.
 
2021-09-26 4:48:00 AM  

ColonelCathcart: Another Democratic town with water problems? What is it with those guys...


To be fair, almost all cities are blue.
 
2021-09-26 4:53:37 AM  
>"Austin Water said the incident has had no effect on Austin's drinking water supply."

You ever notice that whenever there's a disaster in Texas the "official" statement from whatever governmental entity most effected is "no effect on public safety". There's 1,200 chemical plants in Houston and when Harvey blew through most of Houston was underwater but the Texas EPA said there was "no effect on public safety", nosirree.
 
2021-09-26 5:21:40 AM  
"Austin, that water IS shiat"
 
2021-09-26 6:53:12 AM  
If you're drinking from the storm drain I don't think a little sewage in the water is going to be all that jarring to your obviously sophisticated palette
 
2021-09-26 7:38:58 AM  

ColonelCathcart: Another Democratic town with water problems? What is it with those guys...


I'm more concerned about this winter and the grid. The issue that caused that minor issue in February still hasn't been fixed.
 
2021-09-26 8:23:38 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Austin Water said 100,000 gallons of wastewater have spilled into a commercial storm drain

Do you want another  Ted

TURDCruz?  Because that's how you end up making a  Ted TURD Cruz.

Fixed that.
 
2021-09-26 8:39:05 AM  

leeksfromchichis: I've heard the rest of Texas sucks, but Austin is the shiat.

I didn't realize it was literal.


Why doesn't Mexico float away into the ocean?
Because Texas sucks.
 
2021-09-26 9:01:49 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Austin Water said 100,000 gallons of wastewater have spilled into a commercial storm drain

Do you want another Ted Cruz?  Because that's how you end up making a Ted Cruz.


To be fair, it took Calgary to make that yutz.  His Daddy lived in Austin but relocated to Calgary, where he somehow convinced a lady to have sex with him.
 
2021-09-26 9:13:55 AM  

robodog: Note, this is sewage flowing into a storm drain, something that happens in literally almost every major city in North America during heavy rainfall events. That's because prior to the 1980s combined overflow systems were the norm. Today municipal water systems are having to retrofit these systems to capture the overflow and store it for later processing. That's a super expensive and long process. Cleveland for instance is going to spend 25 years and $3B to eliminate 80% of their discharge.

Oh, and it has zero impact on drinking water other than perhaps requiring higher disinfectant concentration depending on where outflows and inflows are. The biggest impact is to water recreation, you'll most likely see no swimming orders near the outflow into whatever body of water is the catch for the stormwater system.


I live next to the Ohio.  It's already a sewer by the time it reaches Louisville.
 
2021-09-26 9:16:18 AM  

FarkingChas: I had that once where I live. Suddenly the chlorine level was very high. I called and they said there was an "accident". And that the chlorine level would be high for a while.


Sitting at the rail crossing waiting on a train and seeing chlorine tankers go by is disconcerting.  Very disconcerting.
 
2021-09-26 9:19:05 AM  

ColonelCathcart: Another Democratic town with water problems? What is it with those guys...


You clearly haven't had non-Austin drinking water.
 
2021-09-26 9:44:06 AM  
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2021-09-26 9:49:40 AM  
. . . too easy

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2021-09-26 9:54:23 AM  
Austin water isn't all that bad. I drink plenty of it straight from the tap. Many local people do drink only bottled water (which is just tap water from some other town's supply) or use filters, but unless you're used to only cold, clean spring water from your own Cartesian well, it's not necessary. About once a year, the zebra mussels give Austin water a bad smell and taste, but it's over in a week or two.

It's certainly not like Chicago where they have sewer outlets and water inlets all lined up in a row along the lake shore and basically just recycle that good Cryptosporidium-spiced liquid.

Nor is it like parts of Milwaukee where it comes out smelling strongly like rotten eggs and leaves waxy orange stalactites in the shower due to god knows what. WWII military chemical waste that has contaminated the water table, is what I hear.
 
2021-09-26 10:12:55 AM  
Is this one of those RTFA checks?
 
2021-09-26 10:14:50 AM  

ColonelCathcart: Another Democratic town with water problems? What is it with those guys...


Hmm. Someone is apparently not aware that Rick Snyder, the Republican Governor of Michigan at the time, was generally thought to be responsible for the Flint, Michigan water situation (not his Democratic sucessor, Gretchen Whitmer).  Ed Kurtz, the actual person who ordered the switch over to the polluted source was a Snyder appointee.
 
2021-09-26 10:32:12 AM  

Gyrfalcon: If you live in Texas, why?


Because: you and folks like you are not here. Is that understandable to you? Do not visit.
 
2021-09-26 10:58:06 AM  
Does OP think drinking water comes out of the storm drain?
 
2021-09-26 11:33:32 AM  

leeksfromchichis: I've heard the rest of Texas sucks, but Austin is the shiat.

I didn't realize it was literal.


Been going on for a while now
 
2021-09-26 11:43:35 AM  
Regulations are bad
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2021-09-26 1:03:15 PM  
As folks have noted, we here in Austin may be afflicted with being the proverbial blueberry in the Gilead-style tomato bisque, but we don't get our drinking water from storm drains. If anything, my water has too much chloramine. I filter my drinking water to get rid of it, and I treat the water I use in brewing to avoid off tastes from the yeast reacting to it.

/I am however pissed about my tax money going to a fraudit launched by f%%$ing Abbott. The worst cesspit of human waste is located right downtown in Austin, at the capitol and governor's mansion.
//And things are getting spicy at UT Austin as the faculty demands answers about Dan Patrick's planned "Liberty Institute," plans hidden from us for so long. They are out to turn a "Public Ivy" into Liberty University crossed with the Heritage Foundations.
 
2021-09-26 1:17:21 PM  
Best third-world infrastructure first-world money can buy.
 
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