Last night (11/14/11) at city council some councilmembers discussed the forced sewer spill lawsuit, and how unfair the conditions are. One councilmember (Mayor pro tem DeJarnatt) went so far as to say the (1/08) sewage spill was clean, "there were no pathogens". Think again.
From Science Daily, (11/14/11). "A new University of Minnesota study reveals that treated municipal wastewater -- even wastewater treated by the highest-quality treatment technology -- can result in significant quantities of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, often referred to as "superbacteria," in surface waters.
The study also suggests that standard wastewater treatment technologies probably release far greater quantities of antibiotic-resistant genes used by bacteria, but this likely goes unnoticed because background levels of bacteria are normally much higher than in the water studied in this research." Read more..
Posted by Kathy Meeh