Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sure the water is brown, but now we know WHY!

I let this steep for a while... you know, like tea.

Did you know that you get more manganese from a cup of tea than from drinking brown water? It's true!

Manganese? What is that?

Apparently it is a naturally occurring thing in the water we get from Shoal Lake. Oh ya... the fine folks at the new fancy very expensive Water treatment plant actually ADD the stuff as a "coagulant".  Now we know why it's brown! The City pours the shit in that hangs to the walls of the pipes, and when the brown shit comes off the pipe it flows into your home! (like a "slug")

You can't make up ineptitude like this. It is only available from something as sick as our City's bureaucracy.

As I watched the news conference, I Googled "brown water manganese" and guess what I found? A whole FLURRY of hits linking brown water and manganese, and the clowns have been ADDING it to the water!

Is that a problem for you? It's not for me, because I was told to just run the water until it runs clear. Imagine... the guy who spent YEARS training three kids  NOT to run the water while they brushed their teeth, suddenly watching the metered water run down the drain, knowing that water is cheap, it's the SEWER charge that kills you.

Credit? Not likely... "We're indemnified" "we're not responsible" "it's safe to drink" "If you don't pay your bill we'll just add it to your taxes"

When will it stop? "In a few years"." We will set up a pilot project to test a new coagulant".  Seriously? Who is running this gong show? Are you REALLY trying to tell me that no other water utility in the world has already fixed this? They KNOW the problem exists! It's on their web site... phone them!!!

From Ireland to New Zealand, utilities know that manganese levels cause brown water, but here in Winnipeg, where we underpay and over work our mandarins, they had no idea, and hired ACOM and CH2N to figure it all out for them.

Diane Sacher was able to tell us that there is no health standard for manganese in water in Canada but the World Health Organization has some levels they recommend... and we're well below that.

Swandel continues to tell us that it's an aesthetic issue... "I got more manganese in my tea today"

Yuck it up funny man.

I can't believe I am agreeing with Russ Wyatt and his assertion that an inept CAO hired inept Department heads, but I am hard pressed to disagree with him.

I honestly can't get my head around how someone with a Masters in Professional Engineering had to hire outside consultants to figure this out when HER STAFF were adding the stuff to the water to begin with.

Wanna guess at what she takes home? That kind of public service is worth $163,336 a year. That's better than the Director of Public Works took home. You know...  the guy who had his Department sign a contract with Mulder Construction and paid the $800,000 for a whack of sand bags the City never received?

Name sound familiar?  It's a family thing. (engineering, ineptitude, you pick) Wyatt  is picking on him too.

Poor guy only makes $155,371 to screw up that big... and I'm sure old Sam will defend them both.

Strange that I'm liking Russ more. At least his latest rant against Public Works is honest, and what a lot of us actually think.

We elected Sam because we mistakenly believed he'd say those kinds of things, and clean house, but all he's learned to do it toe the line, and tell us what a great job these clowns are doing.

We really do need a Mayor and Council that have a pair. If Russ is the only guy there with a set... we're in more trouble than even I think we're in (and I think we're in a lot of trouble).

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