Sunday, November 27, 2011

How cold can water get?

What's the coldest water can possibly get before it turns into ice?

This is a fun chemistry article from io9.  Seems some scientists from the University of Utah, under the right conditions, got water to sink to well below 32° while still in liquid form. Follow the above link to learn more.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Google data center water treatment plant

WOW! Google Has a water treatment plant?! Should I be excited or worried? It's not like Google ever half-does anything. I am pretty impressed buy the facility, for cooling water it looks like a neat little plant.

Water Changes Everything.

charity: water - Google+

Charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean water to people in developing nations.

100% of donations directly fund water project costs and every water project built is marked on Google Maps so people can see the impact.

In five years we've funded over 4000 water projects that will provide access to clean and safe drinking water to over 2 million people.

I love this cause. I see no better way to help the world then to give water to the people who need it.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Red Cross - Water Purification Device

Wow what a cool little device. I'm glad I have never had the need for such a gadget but in a pinch and surviving during a disaster this sure would be handy. The only problem is still getting this in the hands of people who need them. Would like to hear peoples thoughts on it.

Very funny

Watch "Hardly Working: Trying Water" on YouTube

I swear I feel like this every time people question me for drinking tap water.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Water treatment operator study info: Algae are primitive plants that have no true leaves, stems, or root systems. In drinking water, they can cause problems in taste, filter clogging and trihalomethane formation.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Water Distillaton

Build a Lab Quality Distillation Apparatus
This is a link to a project from one of my all-time favorite websites

If you really want to get your geek on you have hundreds of projects to pick from!
Fact you probably don't need to know: English mathematician Thomas Harriot in 1591, notes that snow flakes have six sides.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Lake Erie Algae

Algae woes on Lake Erie demand immediate attention from state, federal agencies

A good article on dangerous algae in Lake Erie. I was very surprised to find this article in the sports section.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Hydraulic jump over a weir

This video is a simple Hydraulic jump explanation.

For more info about jumps Wikipedia has a very lengthy and informative post.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Yes or no? Should we add fluoride to water?

Good article with interesting comments from people.  This topic is being debated all over the country right now.

Water tower

Water towers play a big role in the day to day system operations.

Test tip : The odor detection limit for chlorine gas is 0.3 parts per million.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Water vapor in Earth's atmosphere is never more then 4% by volume in the most humid areas, very important small number.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tie Knot Water Balloon Filler Loads Water Balloons So Easily, Kids Can Do It [Stuff We Like] -

Monday, July 25, 2011

Leave lower branches on trees/shrubs & allow leaf litter to accumulate on soil (keeps it cooler & reduces evaporation) Did not kn
nytimes: On the Hudson, With the Water-Quality Mavens

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Its going to be very hot this week....drink your water!
Its going to be very hot this week....drink your water!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

How water works

U.S. House Passes Bill to Curb EPA Authority

U.S. House Passes Bill to Curb EPA Authority

Explorers find 2 shipwrecks in northern Lake Huron

Explorers find 2 shipwrecks in northern Lake Huron

Other names   :  none
Official no.     :  16342
Type at loss    :  schooner, wood
Build info       :  1863, J. Oades, Clayton, NY
Specs              :  137x25x11, 295g  280n
Date of loss    :  1889, May 17
Place of loss   :  off Presque Isle, MI
Lake                : Huron
Type of loss    :  collision
Loss of life      :  5 of 7
Carrying         :  furnace sand
Detail              : She was run down in a heavy fog by the steamer R.P. RANNEY and dove under bow first in less than a minute. She was well offshore at the  time. Bound Port Austin for Portage, MI. Owned at this time by Taylor & Maitland of Detroit. Master: Capt. Alexander Rusho.
Built for E.G. Merrick's "Reindeer Line" out of Detroit
Rebuilt, 1877. Also probably ashore in Georgian Bay, 1865.
Sources            :   mv,nsp,slh,h,lhdc,wb,hgl,rsl,eas,es3-2,

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

My answer to my home work question on reducing wastes



To reduce waste generated by industries & households I truly believe that it all comes down to the individual.  If that change can happen inside the household it will percolate into society and make a real difference.  Although this may be a little out of the box, I think a good place to start is DIY house work and in the garden.  If a family can truly understand the work and process of growing organic food not just buying organic food and how to make use of supplies to get a project done, a lot more thought goes into what you use and what you waste.  In the mantra of reduce, reuse and recycle, often the reuse is overlooked.  Change has happened in community and household recycling in the US and reducing energy waste has been building speed due to the economy, however little movement seems to have taken place on reusing what you have. A great example is water, strides have been made in reducing water flow to cut waste, but reusing still has not caught on. Washing your car entails first getting treated water to you, then send it back down the drain where a waste water plant has to treat it to put it into the lake. From there, at some point another plant has to treat it again to send it back to consumers.  If possible you can cut some of that by washing you car parked on the lawn and not use a harmful soap.  Lots of tips on how to start can be found at sites like and

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

H2O Water Power Radio

Now this is cool little product.  It has been making the rounds on the tech blogs the last couple of days. This simple radio is powered by the running water from a shower. It is said to fit most shower sprayers. No replacing batteries no recharging. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My tour photos at Gorman Rupp Pumps

Had a great tour of the Gorman Rupp facilities in Mansfield Ohio.  I learned a lot from the pump class.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Facts about Bottled water

Check out this story I found on Digg. It has 2,755 Diggs so far!

 "The Facts About Bottled Water [Infographic]"
 Just because it's in a plastic bottle doesn't make it safer for you%2...

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Water Treatment Photo Essay By Marc Steinmetz

An absolutely beautiful take on the inside world of water treatment.  Follow the link to see all the photos.

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