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The Outer Sunset gets a lot of flak (foggy, boring, too hard to grow pot there without getting busted), and it doesn’t help when it smells like shit. Which is did yesterday and, according to reports, still does today.

The reason? Problems at the Zoo-adjacent (speaking of stinky things) Oceanside Treatment Plant.

You might remember the Oceanside Treatment Plant from the voting booth last year — that’s the sewage treatment plant that 63,000 San Franciscans wanted to rename as the George W. Bush Memorial Sewage Plant.

According to the Examiner the plant-that-would-be-Bush’s filtration screens were clogged by a “blast of sand,” They report that “late Monday, water treatment officials shoveled sand away from filtration screens inside the treatment plant and dumped it in two piles outside,” where it proceeded to stink up the neighborhood.

Though the sand was said to have been collected on Tuesday (it’s going to be dumped in a landfill) and “chemicals were applied to the area where the stinking sand was piled” (Febreeze?), we’re hearing it’s still a bit whiffy in the area.

No word yet on if this validates the smeller=feller equation we learned in kindergarten (readers, thoughts?), we’ll update if we get confirmation of that aphorism.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Xenu

    Great!

    Now maybe someone can tell us why SOMA smells like a bonfire today?

  • bloomsm

    This is clearly Gavin Newsom’s fault. I hope the Board of Supes immediately holds hearings that culminate in a non-binding resolution which formally declares that: (1) “shit stinks”; (2) the stink of shit is a threat to the health and welfare of every San Franciscan; (3) from this day forward San Franciscans will no longer be allowed to flush but will instead be required to compost their own fecal matter; and (4) there is a $250 fine for everyone whose shit continues to stink.