A developer called purple pipes an example of “Potemkin environmentalism."
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San Francisco will open a recycled water plant on the west side of the city next spring, but this $216 million facility will not connect to any buildings but instead irrigate Golden Gate Park, Lincoln Park Golf Course, the Presidio and other landscaping areas.

The latest attempt to build a recycled water facility on the city’s east side, where the buildings with purple pipes are located, fizzled this spring after officials deemed the price tag prohibitive.

just incredible stuff here

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A lot easier to pass a mandate requiring people to develop this than pass the budget for the recycling, sadly. 😔

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I’m not sure that I understand what’s going on here. Would you mind explaining?

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san francisco mandated buildings over a certain size in certain areas of the city have a system for sorting water that can be recycled from other waste, and then didn’t build the water facility necessary to actually recycle the water, so all but one of the purple pipes that define the system lead nowhere. efforts to build a water facility which can actually connect to some of the pipes have since been written off as too expensive, even though they’re literally building another water facility right now.

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Ahhhh…that makes sense. Thanks!

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