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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Oh, no! More crypto!

Like magic, it continues to appear, all of a sudden, after nearly a decade of absence. The Admiral and his construction buddies are probably doing a little happy dance right now. And giving residents a special one-finger salute.

Comments (12)

That happy little dance wouldn't happen to be a trot, would it?

Geez , could you wankers at least try to be subtle.

there out to be hefty prison terms for doctoring evidence.
Oh I forgot there are but we don't have an AG who cares.

I feel like I am watching Chinatown again.

Like Naomi says Disaster Capitalism [ bureaucracy ] strikes again.

You said it.

Hey, let's have all Water Bureau employees and contractors and lab testing staff -- especially the ones sampling in the system and handling the samples -- tested for crypto, then analyze the oocysts' genes and match up with any crypto critters that those people may be carrying.

For the bathroom magazine rack:

Taxonomy and species delimitation in Cryptosporidium
18 March 2009
Experimental Parasitology
http://ddr.nal.usda.gov/dspace/bitstream/10113/37255/1/IND44308243.pdf

Amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals serve as hosts for 19 species of Cryptosporidium. All 19 species have been confirmed by morphological, biological, and molecular data. Fish serve as hosts for three addi- tional species, all of which lack supporting molecular data. In addition to the named species, gene sequence data from more than 40 isolates from various vertebrate hosts are reported in the scientific lit- erature or are listed in GenBank. These isolates lack taxonomic status and are referred to as genotypes based on the host of origin. Undoubtedly, some will eventually be recognized as species

Prevention & Control of Cryptosporidiosis
http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/crypto/prevention.html

Only half-kidding.

Time to start boiling your drinking water (don't forget that tooth-brushing water!)

As discussed previously, you can't find what you aren't looking for. From 2002 until 2010, they tested 500 gallons every year, system-wide. In a city where MILLIONS of gallons are consumed daily, they tested 1.4 gallons per day.

It would be like saying you are going to have mandatory steroid testing for all City of Portland employees and then testing exactly one person annually. "Well, we tested him and he was clean, so they're all clean!"

Portland voters are getting what they deserve: e-coli and crypto in the water, potholes in the streets, and bullets flying past empty jails. Welcome to your future.

Poop Happens! and I would bet money that someone is planting the poop of some creature or creatures in amounts large enough to be "found".

"Portland Robber Bureau"

Mr. Grumpy,
Not only robbing money, but the health of our community. As far as I am concerned, that is crossing the line, when they are on a path to seriously degrade our water forever. There is a grand plan here and it isn't beneficial except to those who will profit by it.

In my opinion, there are too many around here who have no conscience. Include most of the elected officials who apparently are more concerned about their political career. They have been told to stand down, or chosen to do so, either way, a disgusting bunch we have here.

Little by little does the trick.
- Aesop

UPDATE -- worth a listen if this matters to you (the PWB appears to be endeavoring to avoid having to mega-treat the water from the Bull Run Reserve):

Cryptosporidium
AIR DATE: Friday, January 13th 2012
http://www.opb.org/thinkoutloud/shows/cryptosporidium/

The last time we talked about the Portland Water Bureau, the agency was welcoming good news. The city was well on its way to receiving a variance from the Safe Drinking Water Act, a law that would have required Portland to build a treatment facility to guard against cryptosporidium. The water-borne pathogen can cause severe illness and in some cases, even death. In 1993, cryptosporidium in the public water supply sickened hundreds of thousands of people in Milwaukie.

Now, trace elements of the parasite have been found in Portland water. Water Bureau officials say there is no threat from the tiny amounts of cyptosporidium found in water from the Bull Run watershed, which supplies most of the drinking water for the Metro area. City Commissioner Randy Leonard told The Oregonian the fact that cryptosporidium showed up in three water tests is an example of how the bureau is stepping up its monitoring.

The Oregon Health Authority has not yet finalized its approval of Portland's variance, exempting the city from spending tens of millions of dollors to build a water treatment plant. They will come to a final decision by the end of the month. The OHA announced in late November that it would grant the variance and city officials are saying the recent discovery of cryptosporidium in the water will not derail those plans.

What's your reaction to this news from the Portland Water Bureau? What questions do you have about it?

Of course no one would ever rig the results of tests.. not ever. And funny how US cities have survived for centuries without all this spendy water treating equipment.


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