Thursday, November 27

Happy Thanksgiving

Today's Water Tip: Give Thanks
I want to give thanks to my kitchen faucet. Without your water I would not have been able to prepare the food for our feast with such ease. Your the best. Oh Yeah, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you too! :)

Lets give great thanks today for clean fresh water!

The wide spectrum of water uses, turn round and round, like a
water wheel. I welcome your comments

Monday, November 24

A Bucket of Hot Soapy Water

Today's Water Tip:
Get a bucket of hot soapy water and start scrubbing.
We don't always need fancy cleaners to do certain jobs. Good old dish soap, lemon, vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide (a great disinfectant) make some great cleaners. You may already have them in your kitchen , and its economical too!

Anyone For Some Hot Soapy Water?
Everywhere I look lately, I am seeing articles or people on TV talking about the state of our economy, one thought keeps occurring to me. What will it take for people to start thinking about the things that are truly important in the world? When will the people realize that you don't have to have everything now?

I've been saying for a while now that the world feels out of control, it's spinning to fast, I want to get off and go back to a time when life was simpler. OK, that might have been a time when I was nurtured by my parents and lived within the walls of their warm home. But think about it. Kids went outside to play....because they wanted to. They rode bikes and ran through sprinklers. They weren't pinned up in their room playing some video game for hours on end, or oblivious to the world because they were busy texting the same friend for the 30th time that day. Chores were a normal everyday occurrence. Mud pies were actually made in back yards in mud pie kitchens!!

What happened?
Technology happened. Greed happened. Resentment happened for those who can't have it all. (You don't always fit in with the other kids who have all the gadgets when you can't have them). The problem is that the people can't seem to figure out how to balance it all. I hate to say it, but it's gonna have to hurt a little (or possibly a lot) for people to change their way of thinking. Our world needs to slow way down. We need to get back to the basics.

What if we could just get a big bucket of hot soapy water and started cleaning up the world. Imagine scrubbing and scrubbing and starting to see the real world through all the dirt. The kids on bikes. The backyard barbecues. The beautiful land, lakes, rivers, oceans......and no garbage floating in the water....and clean water to drink, for all....everywhere in the world!!!!!
Nice vision, huh?
To clean up the mess we've made of this economy and society, we need a virtual bucket of hot soapy water. We've got a lot of dirt to scrub up. So roll up your sleeves, get a brush and start scrubbing.

The Spokane River photo by Linsey Trout

The wide spectrum of water uses, turn round and round, like a
water wheel. I welcome your comments

Thursday, November 13

It's my well, why should I follow rules?

Today's Water Tip:
The ground around all water wells should be kept free of storage any contaminants. Do you use your pump house for a storage shed? Are gardening tools and chemicals stored in it? Gas for the lawn mower? All contaminants must be kept a distance of 100 feet in all directions from the location of your well. Fertilizers, poisons, farm animals, septic tanks, drain fields and surface water are all sources of contamination that could affect the quality of your drinking water.

It's my well, why should I follow rules?
Who's responsibility is it when it comes to the safety of your drinking water and natural resources? Many think it lies solely on the government agency which governs that natural resource. We seem to forget that property owners also have a responsibility when it comes to drinking water. How can the water sources be kept clean if property owners are not educating themselves and following the rules which are set in place. To much Nitrate in your water? Take a look around, do you have farm animals or crops within 100 feet of your well? Are fertilizers or chemicals used within that 100 foot radius. Are you drilling a new well in an area where fertilizers or farm animals once were present? Common sense goes a long way in the preservation of any natural resource, but the process of educating yourself can reveal many things you may not think of.

There have been a series of articles recently in my area addressing water quality and "hidden wells". Many of these wells are contaminated and pose a risk to the aquifers and other wells in the area. Blame is being placed on the governing agencies. Tell me this, who's fault is it that a well is hidden? Who's fault is it that a water source is not monitored for quality and treated accordingly. Anyone who has a drinking water source, which is not ran by a City or County, has the responsibility to ensure that the water is safe for consumption, and that it does not pose a health risk to other neighboring sources. Unlimited information is available to the public through Local or State agencies upon request, much of this info is posted on that agencies website. State of Washington Dept. of Health offers a wealth of information and publications on their Office of Drinking Water website.

Whether properties are served by a public drinking water source, a private or community well, using good practices can help preserve our drinking water sources for the future. Regulations only work if the rules are respected and followed. In the years that I have been working in the drinking water industry, I have seen many property owners who do not want to follow the rules. They say it is over kill and that they are just not going to comply. So what happens when someone becomes ill? Who's fault is it then?

The way I see it, the responsibility lies with everyone, the ones making the rules along with the ones who are to follow them. There are too many small water systems for the agencies to be aware of, they try, but it can be like searching for needles in haystacks tracking down all the sources. Water users must step up to the plate, saving a buck and avoiding responsibility is not worth someones health, or life. If you have a drinking water source, it's your responsibility to take care of it. Waiting for someone else to do it for you, or hoping no one will notice that the source exists could be a fatal error. If you don't want the responsibility, move to the city, there are rules, but you will have them spelled out for you.......that is if you take time to listen.

The Boardwalk in Louisville KY

(My Kentucky Trip) click to enlarge

The wide spectrum of water uses, turn round and round, like a
water wheel. I welcome your comments