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Saturday, July 21, 2012

E. coli! Run!

And take your wallet with you. Because this is going to give the Portland water bureau an even broader license than it already thinks it has to make its consultants and construction cronies rich.

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"may contain contaminants"....WTF????
Water testing doesn't take that much time, effort, or money, and the results are nearly instantly available in this day and age.

When the Water Bureau had their Thanksgiving 2009 boil water event it was never reported that subsequent tests confirmed the bacteria was non-infectious.
The Bureau conducted extensive disease surveillance following their holiday event and found less illness than during other weeks of the year. Surprising given that people often get sick from Thanksgiving food left out too long.

City Council is holding a reservoir work session this Tuesday, July 24 with the plan being to look at strategies to avoid $300 million in reservoir burial projects (and the awarding more contracts to CH2MHill and/or MWH global) given that the EPA rule is under revision to be completed in 2016.

Meanwhile the PWB happily presented their consultants plans to demolish Reservoir 3 and Reservoir 4 at Washington park to Regional Water Managers, engineers. They called the planning and burial projects the "fun stuff". These plans were developed outside the public eye using Flexible Service contracts to hide the consultant work on controversial projects.

When there was an e-coli bacteria detect at the Powell Butte buried reservoir outlet on June 2, 2010 no notice went to the press. When the buried tank, Reservoir 7 was vandalized and contaminated a few weeks ago, no report was sent to the media. The Bureau drained the buried reservoir but told no one.

The PWB does not follow sampling protocol that requires wearing gloves when taking the water samples. When we complained instead of changing practice, they took a photo of someone wearing gloves while taking the samples and put it on the cover of their Water Quality report. The year prior the cover of the Water Quality report showed what happens every day, Bureau personnel taking water samples without gloves.

Welcome back to the Third World!

E.coli! Runs!

How long does it take to determine how infectious the current e. coli is? And will we learn the results? Does anyone know how long this boil water notice will be in effect?

Supposedly, they'll issue an update tomorrow (Sunday).

been working on the water issue today... here is what I sent out to my communities: ***SPAM*** DRINKING WATER WARNING WEST OF WILLAMETTE Yes. the water bureau is up to their regular bull sh** ... the next $400 Million is going to be bonded to get that water out of the reservoirs (this coming week).. Remember the Auspicious Hearings Officer Helm? Well, not only did he admit he was in conflict of interest by permitting the Water Bureau to build UV Facilities in Bull Run.. when it went before a judge, the lawyer shenanigans of the City Auditor made it something legalese that could be tossed out because "Oregon Constitution" was not mentioned when Nancy called him out on conflict of interest in a regular city meeting...and now, timeline wise, I find it interesting that the evening news came on after Adams SCARE TACTICS released earlier that morning ... channel 6 reported that it was probably a false positive... YEA... but using the WORD THAT SCARES THE BEEJESUS OUT OF YA is a tactic.... remember SNAKES... the test for Cryptosporidium (E-Coli is but one of two devastating microbs) is made by CH2M Hill and in the water industry, it is known as a joke cause it will test an almost 100% false positive cause it only tests for snakes (cryptosporidium) not what kind.... All nature has Cryptosporidium and now use the next level of Scare and call it MayBe E Coli; cause it is one of those Really scary words... it was done on a Thursday and the test is sent away to an outside lab that will come back, just like the last time... FALSE POSITIVE... like the common verity that is found when you work on reservoirs. But the public will be SCARED and STRESSED, a frontal lobe attack... (Naomi Klein's work) And Pres. Obama ... makes looking for financial relief from the LT2 rule a JOKE... Pissed does not even describe ....
This is in no way to discount the words the city spinners use... MAY BE... run over by a bus... MAY BE... the kinda liar you voted for... May be done to sideline any relief... May be Cryptosporidium OR in the words of the SPINNERS "may be contaminated with human or animal wastes." which now can be REFRAMED into E-COLI ... this tactic was used to close Mt Tabor... remember Tinklegate... It is time to You're Fired the Water Bureau's Lawyer... David Schaff for crimes against the City.
Now they want the money in the West Hill's to shut up.... and take it like a man... no more reservoirs regardless of the variance, remember that?... Yea, Gail Shibley... Who got bought off for you to sending your lackey to say that the reservoirs are going to get covered... No one questioned the fact that the water coming from our pristine Bull Run Reservoirs, less luxury bus full of kids for field trip and Randy's special projects, the swap of land, the demolition of over 400 trees, the precedence of a UV business setting up shop and buying water out of bull run for less than the school district has to pay for it... Yes, pristine prior to Randy Leonard, Dan Saltzman, Sam Adams and Joe Glicker's (VP CH2M HILL) Hidden Agendas.... Starting in 2000 with Carollo Engineering, the above mentioned UV Business, set the precedence for private industry to be in Bull Run and made it possible for NESTLES to gain access. Dan Saltzman and Joe Glicker... let Carollo Engineering in and they make this look so innocent on their page... http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/article/364693?archive=2011-09.....
And back to Auspicious Helm.... These are the things WE THE PEOPLE need to get pissed about.. After the Judge threw out the case that involved Auspicious Helm's conflict of interest because Nancy failed to mention "Oregon Constitution" ... This was the Lawyer's shenanigans and bull shit. We got SNAKES indeed and not only in the WEST HILLS ~ E COLI SNAKES ~ FALSE POSITIVE INDUSTRY STANDARD... Whoever created this scare needs JAIL TIME... that's right... the only way to stop this FEAR BASED RISK is to hold those who created it ACCOUNTABLE. This is a boy crying wolf... What do we do with children who do this?... How about those who wish to play the better safe than sorry card about something so HEINOUS as E-Coli....When it is known historically in the maintenance records that Cryptosoridium is present when the reservoirs are in repair and has NEVER NEVER been the type classified as E-COLI and the preliminary test only shows that there is (false positive) Cryptosporidium or Yes SNAKES, garter snakes....but not the outbreak of it from a closed system in the history of the mid west resulting in the idiotic LT2Rule that is being reviewed NOW by real SCIENCE not private industry... Remember this same SCARE? The last time this scare was whooped up was between Thanksgiving and Xmas 2010 when the Water Bureau made the first $86Million Bond Request.... They do stick to pattern... we are so gullible... better safe than sorry except for the bus full of kids you take into the source of our water... what kind of RISK or better safe than sorry scenario can you come up with? Both sides of your mouth Randy, Bad Form Randy Leonard... Bad Form.
And Mayor Adams, you are a habitual Liar.... said it to you before...
There will be some sort of dog and pony show on Tues to validate the $430,000,000.oo plus Million dollar bond for the UV system that we have a variance from...

ooops right.. 2009 not 2010

Only giving away Millions of dollars to Engineering firms and Construction companies tight with the water bureau will save us from this scare.

Tim,
How much money would it take for them to stop?
This may just be the beginning of the money flow.
In my opinion:
The real scare is that we could lose
our healthy drinking water and then have to wonder
what may be coming out of our tap by the time all is done?
Money trumps the health of our community.
Questions to ponder: Could the plan be to incrementally
wreck our good water and then have to fork up
even more money to get water drinkable again?
Could the grand plan be to add Willamette River water?
Who knows what the plans really are,
but to do so behind the curtain is unconscionable!


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