A lot of San Francisco residents are truly exercised about the fact that the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission started to blend pristine Hetch Hetchy water with ground water. The SFPUC is having to face neighborhood forums full of irate folk. Supervisor Norman Yee (District 7) called a hearing on May 24, in which the SFPUC bureaucrats had to listen to two hours of public testimony calling the blended water everything from deadly to worse. The PUC says we need an alternative supply of water in case of disaster, but opponents of the plan routinely provide evidence in forums that existing storage wells have enough capacity to carry the City through a major earthquake, terrorist attack, etc. So the PUC says we need the groundwater because of population growth. Indeed, now, the question of central planning and population growth has hit home. You want growth? Hope you like water laced with nitrates. However, some Supervisors that live on the western-side (where the groundwater blend has already started) are not happy campers, and may find a way to disappoint the PUC.
Additionally: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors in their infinite wisdom passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale of bottled water on "government property" (City Hall, schools, etc) because San Francisco had such pure pristine water straight from Hetch Hetchy. Anyone want to roam around City Hall and take pictures of all the bottled water that no doubt sits on everyone's desk? And maybe follow up on Supervisor Safai's comment at the May 24 hearing that the poor will be stuck with drinking blended water, while the better off will drink nothing but bottled water?
If you live in the western side of San Francisco, are receiving the groundwater blend, and want to read a summary of the situation: