11-Dec-2014 (Thu)
Wherein we've got bungs and beer walls.

Thanks to RAINPOCALYPSE FOURTEEN, we're plugging up our floor drains with these tonight, so that when the storm drains overflow our floors won't get covered in jets of projectile poop:

This is only necessary because San Francisco is one of the few cities that doesn't have separate sewers and storm drains. This is, to put it gently, not a solid plan.

Also, the new walls have arrived, the new walls have arrived:

You people are drinking so much beer that we're doubling the size of our walk-in refrigerator. It's getting built some time in the next few weeks. That may result in a week of downtime during which we don't have any draft beer. But after that, so much beer. So much.

13 Responses:

  1. Nick Lamb says:

    Combined sewers aren't that rare. The EPA told Congress in 2001 it believes there are about 800 communities (cities or smaller) using such systems in the US, including of course cities on both coasts and New England. Flyover states don't tend to have them, and nor do the newer cities in the South, but you're far from alone in California. In Europe it's even more common because the cities are typically older.

    Surely the plugs are a very marginal "fix". If the sewage company really is doing such a bad job that sewage will gush out of your floor drains rather than being poured into the sea during a storm then it only takes a little bit more storm water to cause a geyser in the bathroom sinks, or anywhere else that's connected.

    • That is one of the best examples of man-splaining I've ever seen. Well done, Nick!

      • Nick Lamb says:

        I spent quite a while staring at this comment, and at my comment, and at Jamie's post, and I can't figure this out. So you feel that I'm trying to explain something to Jamie that he already knows. And evidently in your opinion I'm doing a laughably bad job of it. But what about exactly?

        • Mariachi says:

          Don’t worry about it, “mansplaining” is not a real thing or a real word. It’s just a cheap-ass way to offhandedly dismiss whatever someone said without addressing it in any substantial way.

          • Lloyd says:

            Oh god, you're mansplaining mansplaining.

            • Lloyd says:

              This is really just an artefact of the misogynist unix culture, where 'man man' is an essential beginner command that opens up the world of nroff mansplaining. And, like San Francisco sewage, unix is just a bunch of badly-designed pipes lashed together. By men.

        • nooj says:

          No one cares exactly how rare combined sewers are. No one cares how much you think surely jwz's solution is inadequate, that surely you're offering some insight he hasn't already thought of.

          Rule 1: Speak from firsthand experience, not how you think things should be, while sitting in your armchair.

    • Anthony says:

      If the sewage company really is doing such a bad job that sewage will gush out of your floor drains rather than being poured into the sea during a storm then it only takes a little bit more storm water to cause a geyser in the bathroom sinks, or anywhere else that's connected.

      Not so much. The floor drains at the DNA are only a little higher than the manholes in the middle of the street. For backed-up storm water to come out of higher-elevation drains, the water level in the street would be significantly higher than the level of the front door, and JWZ's problem would be whether he had enough sandbags.

    • mattyj says:

      The NIH says that about 40 million Americans live in communities with combined systems, which might generously be described as 'rare', or at least 'somewhat rare' given the current population of the US.

      There are certain areas in the outside lands that get quite fragrant due to standing sewage during major rain storms, because shit rolls/flows downhill, you see. As I understand it, our system is somewhat open, which explains why during the summer you might smell shit for no apparent reason when you're in neighborhoods outside the Tenderloin.

      -mattyj
      Shitpocalypse 2014 cub reporter

      • Lloyd says:

        Surely the technical willpower of Silicon Valley has solved this problem, just as they solved free wifi, free commuting and free healthcare in San Francisco?