SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With the recent stormy weather, officials
have reported several large sewage spills in the San Francisco Bay.
But the spills are happening more often than you think.
On average, human waste spills into the bay more than five times
a day. Last year alone, an estimated 15 million gallons of raw or
partially treated sewage went into one the world's most famous
Decrepit pipes, century-old municipal sewage treatment systems
and poor upkeep are to blame for many of the spills.
Regulators have fined some Bay Area sewer agencies and ordered
improvements, but many agencies say they don't have enough money.
They hope to get a boost from $283 million in economic stimulus
money released this week by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The funds are earmarked for sewer upgrades throughout the state,
but it's still only a fraction of the needed repairs.