Posts Tagged ‘water’

Responsible water conservation is critical to the survival of the human species on Earth. One of the best detailed posts explaining this can be read here:

http://www.appropedia.org/1.6_GPM_or_less_low-flow_shower_heads#Flow_Rate_Calculation_Table_in_Gallons_per_Minite

This page cites a few great studies on water conservation and the future of our planet for our children.

 

As population continues to grow and impending global climate change brings new environmental challenges, water demand will also increase in the future. Indeed, research indicates water demand is currently exceeding supply, making conservation efforts crucial if we hope to maintain an adequate water source. Rolston St. Hilaire (2009) of New Mexico State University asserts, “The lack of water has the potential to jeopardize our food supply, disrupt fragile ecosystems, alter alliances among constituents, and threaten our way of life.” [29] Thus, to avoid the possibly catastrophic consequences of squandering our much needed water supply, the public must assume an active role in conservation. Helen Ingram (2009) of University of California-Irvine reports that following extensive studies on local, regional, and global water use, a team of scientists concluded that, “A crucial part of the path to water conservation involves paying close attention to the dimensions and scales that define how people interact with and understand water.”[30]

 

I lived in a home in 2015 and in this blog I am using the utilities as a case study for supporting factual figures. We had 2 adults and a 7 year old and a 3 year old.

There are aprox. 70 gallons in bath tub’s fill line.
We used half per bath… say 35 with 1.5 baths a day at 30 days …

We used aprox. 1575 gallons a month to bathe.
The Avg shower is 8 min but we took closer to 10 minutes.
We used a low flow 2 gpm (gallon per minute) shower head.

You should get one like these I link here if you do not have one yet.
We took 1.5 showers per day x 30 ….

We used Aprox. 900 rounded up to 1000 gallons per month to shower.

The Avg flush is 5 gal … say we avg 8 flushes a day x 30 …

I highly recommend using a composting toilet where possible. I also encourage you to read about how most of the coastal cultures use SALT WATER sewer systems rather then wasting their fresh drinking water.

Here is a link to some ideas for low flow toilet upgrades.

 

We use aprox. 1200/month to flush

The Avg hose flow with a spray handle or thumb press
Is 35 gal per minute and we water our garden 2 min day x 30 …

We use aprox. 2100/month to water our food

*if calculating a yearly amount this should be decreased by 25% to account for indoor green house watering during the winter.

We ran our faucets at 20% for aprox 5 min a day
7 gpm x 5 x 30 …

We used aprox 100-200 gallons a month via faucets

 

IN TOTAL we averaged 4-5000 gallons of water used per month.

 

In essence: start small. Changing your shower head to a low-flow alternative is a quick and easy way to start on the personal path to water conservation. Federal programs like the EPA’s WaterSense make low-flow shower heads accessible, while new technologies like water aeration devices and screw turbines give low-flow shower heads comparable pressure to the luxury of higher gpm heads. If you are building or remodeling a deluxe new bathroom, top end premium shower heads can meet your spa like needs. On the other hand, if you are attempting to retrofit your home to save money, simple add on kits make updating your shower head a logical, inexpensive option.

 

In Hawkins Texas, we are billed $11 per 1,000 gallons. How does this compare to your water provider?

 

The TRUTH About Fluoride

Fluoride is Poison!

Don’t use it!

Adding Lithium to Water for Suicidal Americans?

Tap water is loaded with poisons!

Fluoride is a toxic poison!

READ Walker Percy’s “Thanatos Syndrome”


"Airborne fluorides have caused more worldwide damage to domestic animals than any other air pollutant." - US Department of Agricultural Handbook No. 380. Revised. 1972. p. 109.             

    Fluoride is a dangerous air pollutant as well!

The fluoride chemical added to water is an unprocessed, industrial waste-product from the pollution scrubbers of the phosphate fertilizer industry.

 You are drinking unprocessed, industrial waste-product from the pollution scrubbers of the phosphate fertilizer industry.

 Click HERE to Learn the scary TRUTH about Fluoride!

Take Action!

Fluoride is one of the biggest scams of the last century!Is the water your drinking killing you?  It is if it’s fluoridated!  Drink Natural spring water instead.  You can usually buy a gallon for under a dollar.  Make sure there is no fluoride in it!  Also, don’t use regular toothpaste (it contains around 1,000 ppm of fluoride).  They even tell you on the side of the toothpaste tube to “contact a poison control center immediately” if you swallow your toothpaste.  If you want to buy some great tasting, ALL-NATURAL toothpaste, then CLICK HERE!

Informative Links:

Fluoride – More Acutely Toxic Than Lead

What’s wrong with this Comparison below?

Relative Toxicities

Based on LD50 data from Robert E.
Gosselin et al, Clinical Toxicology of
Commercial Products 5th ed., 1984
Safe Water Standards established by
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Notice in the above charts that fluoride is actually more toxic than lead!!!  Frighteningly, the EPA allows 26,600 % more fluoride than lead into our water supply.  I shared this information with a man not too long ago and he sarcastically said, “Sure, look at all those people dropping dead in the streets from fluoride poisoning…ha, ha!”  He’s an idiot!  Here’s some of the deaths and illnesses caused by fluoride…

Summation – Fluoride Accidents/Poisonings: (Click for more detail)

Fluoride is a powerful poison – more acutely poisonous than lead. This explains why fluoride is the active ingredient in many pesticides and rodenticides. It also explains why accidental over-ingestion of fluoride can cause serious toxic symptoms.

As documented in the Journal of Dental Research (Whitford 1987, 1990), there is enough fluoride in a tube of flavored children’s toothpaste to kill an average-weighing child under the age of 9.

Each year there are thousands of reports to Poison Control centers in the United States related to excessive ingestion of fluoride products (toothpaste, mouthrinses, and supplements).

Malfunctioning water-fluoridation equipment, leading to excess levels of fluoride in water, has been another periodic source of acute fluoride poisoning.

News Articles – Fluoride Accidents/Poisonings:

Fluoride Dental Products –

Toothpaste label revs up some anxiety – Detroit Free Press January 13, 2005

Fluoride Causes a Close Call for an Area Child – KAALtv.com May 18, 2004

Toothpaste: How Safe? – Washington Post June 16, 1997

Another Fluoride Fatality: A Physician’s Dilemma – Fluoride April 1979

$750,000 Given in Child’s Death in Fluoride Case – New York Times January 20, 1979

Water Fluoridation:

Marlboro water flooded with fluoride – Worcester Telegram & Gazette; October 25, 2003

Fluoride suspected as 23 in Dublin grow ill – Contra Costa Times; June 5, 2002

Norfolk could teach Wakefield about posting water alert – Boston Herald; August 9, 2000

Middletown Maryland Latest City to Receive Toxic Spill of Fluoride in their Drinking Water – Townsend Letter for Doctors, October 1994

Fluoride Blamed in 3 Deaths – Chicago Sun-Times; July 31, 1993

Mass Fluoride Poisoning Blamed on Pump, Government – News Tribune; July 2, 1992

Massive Fluoride Poisoning at Jonesboro Maine School – The Maine Paper; October 19, 1981

Fluoride Linked to Death – Evening Capital (Annapolis, MD); November 29, 1979

10 Years of Fluoride “Leaks,” “Spills” and Overfeeds in the U.S. – National Fluoridation News; November-December 1981

Available Full-Text Studies Fluoride Poisonings:

Akiniwa, K. (1997). Re-examination of acute toxicity of fluoride. Fluoride 30: 89-104.

Vogt R, et al. (1982). Acute Fluoride Poisoning Associated with an On-Site Fluoridator in a Vermont Elementary School. American Journal of Public Health 72: 1168-1171.

Hoffman R, et al. (1980). Acute fluoride poisoning in a New Mexico elementary school. Pediatrics 65:897-900.

Waldbott GW. (1979). Another Fluoride Fatality: A Physician’s Dilemma. Fluoride 12:55-57.


The Frightening Adverse Health Effects of Fluoride


Fluoride The Aging Factor: How to Recognize and Avoid the Devastating Effects of Fluoride Dr. John Yiamouyiannis

John Yiamouylannis is a world-leading authority on the biological effects of fluoride, which include mottling of teeth, premature aging, spontaneous abortion, brittle bones and cancer. Learn how fluoride acts as a chronic poison and how to avoid exposure. The author provides a scathing indictment of corporate and government responsibility in promoting the fable of fluoride as a necessary and safe product for human consumption.

Fluoride’s positive image in the United States may rest in part on the whitewashing of unwelcome research findings and the firing of scientists who dared question fluoride’s benefits. Dr. William Marcus, formerly the chief toxicologist for the EPA’s Office of Drinking Water, lost his job in 1991 after he insisted on an unbiased evaluation of fluoride’s potential to cause cancer. Marcus fought his dismissal in court, proved that it was politically motivated and eventually won reinstatement. Marcus now declines comment on the episode beyond saying, “I was right about fluoride’s carcinogenicity, and now we know that.” An investigation by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in 1991 supported Marcus’ charges, documenting that government scientists had been coerced to change their findings and portray fluoride more favorably.  Excerpt from salon


Dental Fluorosis – Children at Risk
Have you seen children and young adults among your family and friends with those whitish spots or flecks on their teeth or, in more extreme cases, dark streaks that look like decay? This is the effect of dental fluorosis, the first visible sign of overexposure to fluoride. In some communities, the incidence of dental fluorosis is 30 to 60 percent or more. Fluoride ingestion from mouth rinses and dentifrices in children is extremely hazardous to biological development, life span and general health. Research from China has shown a correlation between exposure to low doses of fluoride and diminished IQ in children. 

Research is beginning to show that the cavity-fighting power of fluoride may have been overstated. Recent studies in the Journal of Dental Research conclude that tooth decay rates in Western Europe, which is 98 percent unfluoridated, have declined as much as they have in the United States in recent decades. Indeed, it’s only in the United States that fluoride is championed by the government

Most European nations — including Germany, France, Sweden and Holland — prohibit fluoride on public health grounds.  more

“The contents of a family size tube of fluoridated toothpaste is enough to kill a 25 pound child.” Facts

HAVE YOU READ THE WARNING ON YOUR TOOTHPASTE LABEL LATELY?
Warning: Keep out of the reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.

Three ingredients in toothpaste are considered dangerous. Fluoride is poisonous if taken internally, and Sorbitol and sodium lauryl sulfate can cause diarrhea, especially in children. As of April 7, 1997, all fluoride toothpastes and dental care products shipped must have a warning label stating that if more toothpaste is swallowed tha needed for brushing, a poison control center or health care professional should be contacted immediately. Natural fluoride-free toothpaste:

Fluoride Free Toothpaste



Dental Fluorosis: A Legal Time Bomb
by George Glasser

In the United States, there are no warnings posted on fluoride-laced products pertaining to the risks of ingesting too much fluoride or for those at risk from ingesting fluoride. Many dentists and pediatricians who prescribe fluoride supplements, dentists administering fluoride treatments and the manufacturers of fluoride-laced products do not inform people of the risks: (1) Fluoride is poison; second only in toxicity to arsenic which is rated as the most toxic. (2) The fluoride gel used for topical treatments contain concentrations as high as 12,000 ppm (parts per million), well above the probable lethal dosage for a child. (3) A tube of toothpaste contains 1,000 to 1,500 ppm of fluoride which can be a lethal dose for young children. (4) Many children and adults have allergic reactions to fluoride. The more notable reactions are: Restlessness/insomnia, nausea and swelling of the lips. (5) People who have maladies such as: kidney ailments, HlV/AIDS, immunodeficiencies, diabetes and heart ailments are at risk from consuming fluoride-laced products and fluoridated water. (6) The suspected geno-toxic, carcinogenic, and mutagenic effects from long term fluoride intake have not been disproved. Almost every research paper broaching the subjects calls for more research into those areas and states that the evidence of safety is “inconclusive and contradictory”. The same scenario occurred with asbestos. 

More info on Fluoride Issues From the Santa Rosa Junior college Campus Wide Information System.


Excerpt from Preventative Dental Health Association
Infertility and water fluoridation:

Infertility in women was found to increase with water fluoridation. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists reported a close correlation between decreasing total fertility rates in women between ages of 10 and 49, and increasing fluoride levels. They also reported that a review of all of the animal studies done to date shows that fluoride adversely affects fertility in most animal species.  More about the Adverse Health Effects of Fluoride.


What is fluoride?

Fluoride acids are among the most corrosive chemicals known. The fluoridation chemicals used in public water supplies are waste products of the phosphate fertilizer industry. If the industry wasn’t permitted to dump this waste product into our drinking water, they’d have to dispose of it as hazardous waste.

Fluoride exposure has been linked to many health problems, including hip fractures, neurological damage, ADD/ADHD, lead poisoning, Alzheimer’s Disease, birth defects, skeletal fluorosis, dental fluorosis, early onset of puberty, immune system suppression, bone cancer and other rare forms of cancer.

Links to online fluoride resources:

All information posted on this web site is the opinion of the author and is provided for educational purposes only. It is not to be construed as medical advice. Only a licensed medical doctor can legally offer medical advice in the United States. Consult the healer of your choice for medical care and advice. 

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Water Or Coke?

WATER

#1.
75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half the world population)

#2.
In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.

#3.
Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as 3%.

#4.
One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington   study.

#5.
Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

#6.
Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

#7.
A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

#8
Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?

COKE

#1.
In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.

#2.
You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.

#3.
To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the ‘real thing’ sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous China .

#4.
To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

#5.
To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

#6.
To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

#7.
To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

#8
To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

FACTS:

#1
the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.

#2.
To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

#3.
The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

Now the question is, would you like a glass of water? or Coke?


The Color Purple…

is not what you want to see in your water.

Our friends at the Center for Rural Affairs recently reported in their newsletter about a livestock confinement (the A.J. Bos mega-dairy’s silage leachate pond, to be precise) west of Nora, Illinois, releasing a bright purple discharge into the Apple River, starting on October 1.

 

Photo courtesy of HOMES, http://www.StopTheMegaDairy.org

Locals report that Bos workers “spent the entire weekend pumping purple liquid from two hastily built retention ponds and spreading it onto neighboring fields” but “were not successful in preventing the discharge.”

Nobody has any explanation as to what might turn water this particular shade of the rainbow, but the satellite view of the CAFO from Google Earth shows the scale of the operation.

The Facts on COAL Based POWER Plants

While the rest of the world is converting their utility companies to renewable sources why is the United States failing to keep up? As part of the conversion process our infrastructure will weaken causing a risk to security but if done properly, we will barely notice the changes.

In 1997, the world began a major conversion of all computer software to prepare for the millenium date change and the U.S. led the way. The world succeeded in avoiding bank failures and system crashes. The conversion of the power grid contains the same risks and rewards but the main difference is that there is not an absolute visible deadline. Every day a life is ended from coal related environmental poisins and new activists join the fight to speed up the conversion. To these supporters of renewable energy, the deadline passed when their loved ones became sick.

Whose side are you on?

Burning coal creates a TOXIC ASH Sludge Waste Product! Mining operations and coal power plants create the two largest sources of toxic waste in the world today. U.S. coal plants currently create over 140 million tons of coal ash in 1 year which is more than 900lbs. for every American. For over 100 years the ash has been pumped into mine shafts after they are stripped clean. As empty mine shafts became scarce more creative methods increased in use. Ash is currently added to asphalt, concrete, wallboard, vinyl, potting soil, carpet, bowling balls and other household products without regulation.

Fly-ash contains arsenic, lead, mercury and beryllium, among other pollutants
, so nearby residents need to be worried about possible long-term effects to their health, water quality and property values. The right thing to do is to move away immediately and stop neighbors from working for these companies. It has been determined that 1 in 50 get a life threatening illness in the surrounding areas. The EPA number for acceptable risk is 1/10000!

The problem is that the coal companies are not accountable to anyone. They are not scrutinized by shareholders and are self-funded, so they don’t have to answer to Congress to win annual appropriations.

The EPA estimates there are over 700 storage locations in the United States for the 721+ coal power plants producing over 140 million tons of coal ash in 35 states. Estimates have varied between $3.5 and $13.8 billion dollars to properly compost the waste. These funds could be used to transfer several coal power generating stations to renewable energy each year.

Only around 102 sites in 13 states have been reported with the EPA in relation to polluting groundwater.

The 1976 Resource Conservation & Recovery Act classified waste into two categories. Waste was either hazardous and regulated by the federal government or nonhazardous and left to individual states. Coal ash was labeled as NON Hazardous!

Avoid areas where coal burning power plants are present. If you must travel through these areas for an extended amount of time get used to testing the air and water. Consider buying water in bulk from stores or filtering multiple times. If your air quality is questionable invest in air filtering products when stationary for an extended amount of time and surround your location with plants.

STORAGE LOCATIONS

AL

Perry County (dump site)

Tuscumbia

Stevenson

AZ

Cochise (Az Electric Power Coop)
Joseph City (Az Public Service)

GA

Milledgeville

IL

Havana
Alton

IN

Petersburg (generating and landfill site)
Pines (landfill site) Benzene is/was in the drinking water.
Lawrenceburg (AEP)

KY

Harrodsburg
Louisa American Electric Power (AEP)
Louisville
Ghent

Inez (landfill site)
Martin County Mine dam break 10/11/2000 – 306m gallons spilled in over 100 miles of waterways. By the end of 2000, Jack Spadaro and other investigation team members felt they were beginning to collect enough evidence to issue Massey Energy citations for willful and criminal negligence. In addition, it looked as though their own agency, MSHA, was going to be held accountable as well. But that all changed when George W. Bush moved into the White House. Within days of Bush’s inauguration a new team leader was brought in to head the Martin County Coal investigation. The scope of the investigation was dramatically narrowed — offering yet another dramatic example of how the wholesale takeover of the White House by the energy industry is having a real impact on real lives, not just on the whistle-blowers like Jack Spadaro but on the people he’s trying to protect.

MT

Colstrip

NC

Arden
Belmont (Duke Energy Corp)
Walnut Cove
Spencer
Terrell
Eden
Mount Holly

OH

Brilliant (AEP)
Cheshire
Lake Township
Stark County
Waterford (3 separate locations)

PA

Shippingport (Little Blue Run / First Energy Bruce Mansfield Landfill containment site) 81,000 lbs./yr. of ash created

TN

Kingston (landfill site)
More than ONE billion gallons (5.4m Cubic yards) of thick, black coal sludge on site. Enough to fill more than 550 [sic] Olympic-sized swimming pools. [1266 pools x 790K gals/pool]

About December 22, 2008 the dam collapsed. Sludge spread out over hundreds of acres, fouling waterways, and burying over 40 homes while people were sleeping.

Knoxville / Swan Pond
300 acres were coated with debris in Swan Pond, a rural community about 35 miles west of Knoxville.

Clinton
Cumberland City

WV

Willow Island
(Allegheny Energy)

Logan County
Buffalo Mining Company
2/26/1972 – 132 million gallons of slurry suddenly flooded the Buffalo Creek Valley floor, destroying or partially destroying 17 communities. 125 people were killed. 4,000 people were left homeless.

The Martin County Coal slurry impoundment is 70 acres in size and has a capacity of more than 2 billion gallons. Part of the lagoon is situated above underground mines. In the early morning hours of Oct. 11, 2000, the bottom of the slurry impoundment broke into one of the mines. A torrent of sludge and water blasted through about two miles of underground mines until the flood punched out of a mine opening in the side of a mountain and began flooding Coldwater Creek.

Whitesville
There is a grade school adjacent to the Independence Coal Plant. The school does not let coal opponents speak or share propaganda but the Coal supporters have a constant presence.
http://reclaimdemocracy.org/articles_2003/martin_coal_slurry_spill.php

St. Albans

Moundsville

New Haven

COAL related COMPANIES (11+)

-Nearly every state has a coal related company but here are the ones affecting the most people.

TVA – Tenn Valley Authority
IPL – Indianapolis Power & Light
Massey Energy – parent of Martin County Coal Mine
First Energy Generation – PA
Allegheny Energy
American Electric Power
Arizona Electric Power Coop
Duke Energy Corp.
Georgia Power
Kentucky Utils Co.
Louisvilla Gas & Electric Co.
PPL Montana LLC
Progress Energy Carolinas

COAL OPPONENTS

Lisa Evans – Earthjusitce

EPA

Sen. Barbara Boxer is protesting that EPA release the locations of 44 hazardous ash waste sites

Jack Spadaro – fired as Superintendent of National Mine Safety and Health Academy after Martin County Spill. His team advised the dam was failing and the spill was going to happen but superiors approved more sludge to be added to the pool instead.

Ernest Norsworthy – TVA activist

Conrad Volz – Univ. of Pitt Enviro Professor

COAL SUPPORTERS

Thmoas Adams (American Coal Ash Assoc. Director)

Tom Bevill (AL)

George Bush and Cabinet (bribes via Campaign Contributions)

Army Corps of Engineers (National Security arguement)

Sen. Evan Bayh (avg. $126k.yr. in contributions from power utilities) Drafted and Signed a 2009 letter with 26 other Senators to urge the EPA to leave coal ash regulation to the states.

Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (Coal Ash Disposal regulators group)

RESOURCES:

http://www.epa.gov/superfund/

http://norsworthyopinion.com

http://easyopinionsoutlink.blogspot.com/2009/01/tennessee-sludge-spill-government.html

http://reclaimdemocracy.org/articles_2003/martin_coal_slurry_spill.php

http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/industrial/special/fossil/ccrs-fs/index.htm