Treated Sewage Discharge
Friday 18 September 2015 04:00:00 PM
Location: 3304-3370 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124, USA
Treated sewage from the PUC Wastewater Enterprise was discharged over a two day period into the Islis Creek. The amount of discharge was about-one hundred million gallons. This discharge took place while the WWE maintenance division and private contracted divers were attempting to repair a discharge force main leak coming from the Islis Creek pump station. It is said a sleeve was being installed on the discharge piping which has been plagued with historic leaks.
It appears the Bayview Hunters Point community and general public were not informed of the specifics concerning the sewage discharge while the repair work was taking place. It also appears that those who use the Islis Creek for recreation such as boating and fishing were not informed. Once again, the leaders of the PUC WWE have miss lead the public while these repairs were being made.
The particular discharge is known as Secondary Effluent and is still known to possess fecal matter solids, coliform discharge, even after treatment. In addition, wastewater employee's indicate the Southeast treatment plant was not able to meet it's State discharge requirements for solids discharge during the month of August, and discharged levels of solids far exceeding it's state permit.
Again, the ineptness of the WWE management is revealed along with it's incompetence, lack of respect for the general public, and Bayview Hunters Point community. It is reported that while this emergency work was taking place, the Assistant General Manager was hosting a golf tournament. It is also reported that he was hosting a Bar B Q during the last Islis Creek emergency repair work, in which millions of gallons of sewage were discharged.
This disaster and damage to the eco system could have been avoided long ago, as the WWE Engineering Department recommended far back that the Islis Creek Pump Station discharge piping be replaced. The management ignored it.