Got to ruminating about my note the other day on storm drains and a really good example of the mindset of much of society.
I happened to be asked to prepare a janitorial service quote for a prominent downtown Phoenix church; one of the church's employees was doing the cleaning, and they were exploring outsourcing janitorial to free their employee up for other duties. Said employee was asked to show me through the campus. He gave me a good and detailed walk-through, explaining procedures, areas of concern, time frames and so on.
A major concern was keeping clean the grand entry exterior staircase (we have pigeons in Phoenix). The approved procedure was to sprinkle tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) on the staircase, wet it down with a hose, scrub it with a deck brush, thoroughly rinse, and hose off the solution into the gutter, and the storm drain. He suggested doing the stairs at the tail end of the shift, shortly after dawn, to both be able to see the job in daylight and to have it clean for early morning services.
The church sat across a wide plaza from Phoenix's convention center, several blocks from the city's administrative complex and city hall, on a street that a good many city functionaries might well take on their way to work.
So, they had, for years, been hosing a pretty effective, and pretty harsh, cleaning chemical into the city's storm drain, and thus into our local ground water - in a city that depends heavily on pumping ground water. In front of (as the phrase goes) God and everybody. And nobody, at least at the city level, had noticed.
I kind of decided that the business might not be worth the likely fines.