Dr. Ron Saff has written the following letter which appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat. Another example of our lawmakers who are purchased by lobbyists to serve special interests instead of the citizens of the state.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-
Say no to drinking poopy water
As a medical doctor, I don’t know any patients who would want to drink partially treated poopy water, but if Floridians don’t call Gov. Rick Scott and demand he veto the toilet-to-tap bill, we may all soon be drinking it.
Much of what we flush down our toilets flows down our sewer lines and into sewage treatment plants. This bill would encourage pumping of the sewage effluent – the technical term for partially treated sewage – back into the drinking water aquifer. Then the partially treated effluent would flow from the aquifer into your drinking water glass when you turn on the tap.
Proponents of the bill claim the poopy water would meet federal drinking water standards, but these guidelines are not strict enough and are woefully outdated. Pharmaceutical drugs, viruses and other pathogens, heavy metals and other toxins would not be filtered out.
Who is behind this bad bill? The developers. They know Florida has a water shortage and realize in order to provide new homes and condos to those flocking to Florida, they must be able to provide water.
There are much saner ways to deal with Florida’s water shortage. Tell Scott poopy water has no place in our drinking water. Call him at 488-7146 and email him at [email protected] and tell him to veto HB1149.
Ron Saff, M.D., Tallahassee, [email protected]