"Don't Flush Your Toilets" Mayor Says As Ohio Water Supply Freezes; Niagara Falls Frozen

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The nation may be slowly thawing from its deep freeze "polar vortex", but that is no comfort for tens of thousands of Ohians, whose water supply has literally frozen in the past day after the valves at the Avon Lake Municipal Utility plant were planted in ice, dramatically lowering the supply of water. NBC reports that "tens of thousands of customers in several counties in Ohio are facing a dramatic water shortage after the intake valves at a key plant that draws water from Lake Erie apparently froze amid the wild winter weather." As a result, the mayor of Avon had a modest proposal as a response to the caticestrophy: don't flush your toilets. At least there is toilet paper, which is more than Venezuela, and its 480% returning in 2013 stock market can say.

From NBC:

Officials at Avon Lake Municipal Utilities west of Cleveland said Wednesday that the valves at the plant are caked in ice. Although they are still able to draw water, the rate is below typical demands — which means several surrounding cities could be hit by a veritable drought.

 

In a message on the city of Avon's official website, officials called on residents to hold off on doing anything that uses a lot of water.

 

Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen sent out an emergency messages to locals asking them to hold off on laundry, baths and showers, according to Cleveland.com.

 

"We even ask people to refrain from flushing toilets as often as they used to until this can be resolved," Jensen said.

 

The plant website said it provides water to over 200,000 people living in a 680-square-mile area made up of seven counties — including Lorain, Cuyahoga, Medina, Erie, Huron, Ashland and Wayne.

And in other polar vortex news, the Niagara Falls has frozen.

 

The polar vortex which affected large swathes of the US is expected to calm off this weekend (Picture: REUTERS/Aaron Harris)

The polar vortex which affected large swathes of the US is expected to calm off this weekend (Picture: REUTERS/Aaron Harris)

 

The Rainbow Bridge connects the US side of Niagara Falls to the Canadian side (Picture: REUTERS/Aaron Harris)

The Rainbow Bridge connects the US side of Niagara Falls to the Canadian side (Picture: REUTERS/Aaron Harris)

 

The U.S. side of the Niagara Falls is pictured in Ontario, January 8, 2014.

Over 20million people visit Niagara each year (Picture: REUTERS/Aaron Harris)

 

Ice chunks and water flow over the falls Niagara Falls, Ontario, January 8, 2014. The frigid air and "polar vortex" that affected about 240 million people in the United States and southern Canada will depart during the second half of this week, and a far-reaching January thaw will begin, according to AccuWeather.com.   REUTERS/Aaron Harris (CANADA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)

Ice chunks flow over the Niagara into its gorge (Picture: REUTERS/Aaron Harris)

 

Visitors take pictures overlooking the falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, January 8, 2014. The frigid air and "polar vortex" that affected about 240 million people in the United States and southern Canada will depart during the second half of this week, and a far-reaching January thaw will begin, according to AccuWeather.com.   REUTERS/Aaron Harris (CANADA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)

Visitors brave the cold to take a look at the beautiful sight (Picture: REUTERS/Aaron Harris)

 

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dick cheneys ghost's picture

colder than a mother in law's kiss..........

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saltedGold's picture

colder than a whore's heart...

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Each and every one of us is to blame for this. Climate scientists have warned us about this eventuality for over a decade, but none of us listened. The Copenhagen climate bill failed to pass, our government still hasn't passed a universal tax on carbon emissions, and the UN still hasn't tackled the rising problem of overpopulation in any meaningful way. Green startups still struggle to get financing from the selfish and profit-crazy VCs in Silicon Valley. Electric cars are still left out with recharging stations only available in a few sparse locations.

WHEN ARE WE GOING TO WAKE UP AND SAVE OUR PLANET? WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE TO GET US TO MAKE THE NECESSARY SACRIFICES? 

Charles Nelson Reilly's picture

Like all of MDB's posts.... if its yellow let it mellow, if its brown flush it down.

WarriorClass's picture

Since when did Ohioans flush their toilets?

Chuck Norris's picture

I'll worry about Global Warming Climate Change Global Cooling just as soon as I'm done Bigfoot proofing my house.

Big Slick's picture

In the land of ZH Newbies, Million Dollar Bonus is KING!!

kaiserhoff's picture

Someone in Ohio has to own a blow torch.

One damn valve?

Jack Napier's picture

I'll be the first to step up and make the necessary sacrifices. MDB, please put on this headdress and enjoy your last hearty meal before meeting the volcano god.

Nacho.Libre's picture

Bigfoot proofing your house isn't the worst idea I've seen.  It's a strange world we live in when Bigfoot is more real that all the financial indicies and reports we see on a daily basis.

http://sasquatchgenomeproject.org/view-dna-study/

Papasmurf's picture

I didn't know outhouses flushed.

Nigh Eve's picture

Sh*t just got real !

When the sh*t hits the dam,it will be...{fill in the blank}.

 

In Fed We Trust's picture

Where is Bill Gates and his waterless toleit when you need um the most?

 

dick cheneys ghost's picture

Save the planet-----Hang a bankster

 

Took Red Pill's picture

As George Carlin said we don't need to save the planet. The planet will do just fine when we're gone.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Tell that to you children. Tell them that you were too selfish to give up hot baths and long commutes and that your personal comfort was worth the destruction of countless natural habitats and many third world countries all over the world.

Anglo Hondo's picture

MDB, ya gotta stop listening to Algore.  It's bad for your health.

asteroids's picture

Hey MDB, how was your steak last night? I hope you took your meds as well. Goota offset the hookers and blow somehow eh?

LawsofPhysics's picture

Most progressives/liberals I know are far too selfish to actually have any children, that aside, the planet warms, the planet cools, species come and go...

same as it ever was.

BKbroiler's picture

and what's so great about having children?  Long DINK households..

EastCoast90's picture

Having children is overrated.

TBT or not TBT's picture

But good for entitlement and pension systems solvency.   And civilisations' continuity.   Take a look at the rot in places that have had low birth rates for enough decades, and ask yourself whether DINK households, or almost any households, are happy ones.

BKbroiler's picture

Take a look at the rot in places that have had low birth rates for enough decades.

It's an unmistakeable trend that the more a society "progresses" the less children they have.  Japan, most of Europe, America, many others all have shrinking indegenous populations.  Still a good deal to have 7 kids if you're an African farmer, not so much a suburbanite. Us "civilized" folks might just think ourselves right out of existence.

PT's picture

I never wanted to have kids anyway.  And even if I did, I would be most upset if I couldn't teach them how to live.  I'm not doing much of a job looking after myself.  How in hell could I look after a whole family?   The great, most excellent thing about not having kids is that you can't blame them for your failures.  Have you got kids?  Have you failed?  Remember that, it's not the kid's fault.  You were doomed to fail anyway.  Have fun teaching them how to succeed.  If you know how.

hapless's picture

Fuck the children.  What have they done for us?

Big Slick's picture

Our kids won't have time to enjoy the outdoors anyway.  They'll be working hard to pay off $205 Trillion in unfunded liabilities.  Serves 'em right for remaining silent.  Ingrates.

TBT or not TBT's picture

But who will pay off all the notional in derivatives?   Tell me that!  

(Trick question of course, all unpayable debt will be never be paid, in real terms anyway, if it can't be.   For everything else, there is the printing press, or war/mass graves)

Flakmeister's picture

Hapless, funny thing, I was visiting the Vatican as few years ago and I heard the exact same thing...

hardcleareye's picture

MBD..  it is a bit more complicated than giving up the things you mentioned..... (rolling eyes...)

You might like Gail Tverberg (aka the Oil Drum)

http://ourfiniteworld.com/author/gailtheactuary/

 

 

oklaboy's picture

Hiroshima and Nagasaki are doing just fine, after their urban renewal in 1945

TBT or not TBT's picture

Ditto Tokyo and Munich.  

Hey, maybe we should nuke Detroit?   It looks like it got nuked and never repaired, whereas back in '45 it was on the path to be the richest city in the world.

Goldenballs's picture

Since you stopped using the toilet it has to come out eventually and with yourself its continually from the other end.

TBT or not TBT's picture

If the world were really a zero sum game like MDB says (i.e. our comfort is at the expense of equal and opposite discomfort or impoverishment elsewhere) then, sure, I'd tell my children exactly that, AND to be thankful they're on the good side of things.  I'd teach them how to keep it that way too.

But the world isnt a zero sum game, so I can be content to explain to them how and why the turd world(and Detroit too) makes itself poor.   A whole lotta corruption, zero sum ideologies, laziness both physical and mental, bestial treament of one's fellow man and of most tellingly, fellow woman or girl...

PT's picture

MDB, are you here as part of some kind of plea bargain?  What the hell have the Feds got on you to make you dribble the way you do?

XAU XAG's picture

@MDB

 

There has been times when more CO2 in the atmosphere than when humans started.................pumping it into the atmosphere

 

It's just a nature cycle..............Gov has jumped on it to get taxes out of you and me

 

You are the one who should wake up!

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Sorry I don't do youtube science. I only get my science from accredited journals and select peer reviewed papers.

Flakmeister's picture

Yes, clinging to your misguided opinions in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence is an excellent example of selective insanity...

Projecting ideology into science don't work, just ask the Catholic Church...

detached.amusement's picture

Yes, clinging to your misguided opinions in the face of overwhelming bastardized statistics presented as scientific evidence is an excellent example of selective insanity...

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fixed for you

Flakmeister's picture

Provide a concrete numerical example of what you claim. Go ahead, show a example of where the data was fudged... 

If it was fudged, then any competent study would reveal it. Given that you could fund such a study for a fraction of the money currently spent on the PR FUD campaign, why don't they do it? Such a person would be handsomely rewarded by FF interests. Given a climate scientist makes maybe $65,000 to $100,000 a year, a 7 figure payoff would look pretty good...  Why doesn't that happen?

PS Quote mining and presenting things out of context don't cut it...

spekulatn's picture

Here is a teaser. If you decide to read it maybe take some time to explore the site for more "concrete numerical examples" of fudged data.

 

http://www.principia-scientific.org/risking-lives-to-promote-climate-cha...

Flakmeister's picture

Um... please provide the quote from the article that backs your claim (and its relevance)...

detached.amusement's picture

LOL....go look at GISS and its smoothing, dude....its so blatant, its just not even there to those sufficiently indoctrinated

Flakmeister's picture

Write a paper then...

Call up Judith Curry at Georgia Tech, she would love to have a new collaborator which such deep insight...

Hell, here is her webpage and contact info:

http://curry.eas.gatech.edu/

You could also try this guy at MIT

http://www-eaps.mit.edu/faculty/lindzen.htm

These two know how to get papers published and they would love to be able to prove AGW wrong.. Hell they would be delighted to show even GW was wrong.... 

TBT or not TBT's picture

Google up "hide the decline" or "hockey stick" together with "michael mann" or "Maunder minimum" or "roman warm period" or "little ice age" or "medievel warm period" or, for a real head spinner for you, the definition of "interglacial period"    You live in one of the latter.   They usually don't last as long as this one, then ensues a biodiversity-nuking landscape scraping few dozen millenia of ICE.    Did you know the most important green house gas is WATER, by a very long shot, and that CO2's absorbtion and emission specta in the areas of interest barely poke out behind from that of WATER?     Did you know the planet is covered on average a few miles deep in the stuff?   Go regulate that.   And the sun.   And the orbits of the planets.   Our magnetic field, and the trajectory of our solar system through the greater cosmos.  Regulate me some fukkin volcanos while you are at it.