Thursday, September 13, 2018

Water Contamination from Hog Waste the 5th Florence Threat

We know that Florence is a quadruple threat-storm surge, wind, flooding and rain
Add to that misery and potential for death and damage an additional threat refrain
North Carolina is awash in pig farms
Raising the contamination by manure alarm
9 million hogs defecating and urinating into 2,000 hog ponds filled with waste
Farmers scrambling to lower water levels with great haste
If they overflow all many of disease the sewage water will sow
Contaminating drinking water sources will be a deadly blow
E-coli is not your intestinal friend
And ingestion will in many cases to a morgue or hospital the drinker send
Like the “Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” water everywhere and not a drop to drink
If contaminated by hog waste hopes for a speedy restoration and return will sink
300,000 beer cans of water from Budweiser will be only a drop to fill the need
Not having uncontaminated water will recovery efforts really impede
© September 13, 2018 Michael P. Ridley the Alaskanpoet 

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