Recycling and Water Infrastructure
Recycling is now more critical than ever.
Interesting how now recycling is more second nature, but it only gets picked up every other week. While somehow, we seem to fill the whole bin in one week. So many people are concerned about the environment, recycling, and conservation. We need weekly recycling.
We also could benefit significantly from a city-run recycling plant, primarily focusing on Cardboard recycling like a paper mill. Boxes are easy and cost-effective to re-mill or reuse. Cardboard and paper, especially from businesses, ends up being a massive part of our recycling. We could also benefit from providing businesses with free cardboard recycling.
Yes, we do have to pay for recycling, and Yes it should be free if our government is concerned. But they are not, and it is not.
Interesting enough, there is government funding from the state and the federal level that could be used to open, fund, and operate a city recycling center.
Water Infrastructure & Water Safety
Our water infrastructure is ancient. We are talking 100 plus years. There are lead pipes throughout our system, and it's something that our city does mention. Which, raises the interesting question, how has this affected our youth over the years. The actual remedy is taking far too long and will go on for the next decade or longer. Can the health of our children and the city wait so long? Aside from the fact that it is also inadequate as a response to our crumbling water infrastructure. It is a festering system just waiting to implode similar to New Jersey or Flint. And we do not want a situation on that crisis level. Not only do we need to completely revamp our water infrastructure for long term sustainability we also need to work on new water safety protocols because our water supply is not secure and may be easily tainted or even poisoned.
Most people don't think about water safety or water infrastructure, but it is vital. We've seen it on the news what happens when cities run out of water or when they don't have access to clean water. Have you noticed that the water has been becoming harder than it has before (hard water)? It doesn't feel as soft and particulate-free? These are things that need to be addressed now before they hit crisis level. But at the rate, our city government will take far too long before a disaster.
We could also benefit from reworking the way that we dispose of our sewage and runoff because both go through the same system. We also dump a ton of hour sewage back into the Lake and then wonder why there is so much pollution an 90% of the time you're not able to even go in the Lake because of some sort type of bacterial outbreak or poisonous algae bloom. Well, maybe we should start by not dumping raw sewage into the Lake. Just an idea.
To go along with this, what we need is to develop a new water treatment system. Not only would this enable us to reuse our current supply more efficiently, but it would also cut down on pollution.
Additionally, we could benefit from pumping water out of the Lake filtering it and storing it for our reserves. Our current reservoirs are not substantial enough to carry our city through any severe water crisis. We don't even have enough water storage capacity for more than a few days for a city of our size. Our water storage issue is something that needs to fixed immediately. Plus if we pump and filter water out from the Lake, it is already freshwater, and we can resell it and turn a profit to generate more revenue for our city as well as help other areas of the nation that may require freshwater. Freshwater is an abundant resource that we have, and we are not taking advantage of it even though it keeps flooding homes in Rochester and adjacent neighborhoods to our city. It would seem that the most straightforward answer generally really is the best, pump the water out of the Lake. And if we need to store it, there is plenty of dish use farmland