Water filter – Austin Business List http://austinbusinesslist.com/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 20:43:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://austinbusinesslist.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T202225.378.png Water filter – Austin Business List http://austinbusinesslist.com/ 32 32 Boil order issued for the Mire-Branch system https://austinbusinesslist.com/boil-order-issued-for-the-mire-branch-system/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 19:53:01 +0000 https://austinbusinesslist.com/boil-order-issued-for-the-mire-branch-system/ A boil order has been issued for some customers of Mire Branch Water. The system is to put 2229 Meche Rd and 2211 Meche Rd as well as all of Eugene Dupuis Road under a boil water advisory due to a break on a mainline. The boil order is in place until further notice. Here […]]]>

A boil order has been issued for some customers of Mire Branch Water.

The system is to put 2229 Meche Rd and 2211 Meche Rd as well as all of Eugene Dupuis Road under a boil water advisory due to a break on a mainline.

The boil order is in place until further notice.

Here is the CDC’s guidance on a boil water advisory:

Use bottled or boiled water for drinking and for preparing and cooking food.

If bottled water is not available, bring water to a full boil for 1 minute (at altitudes above 6,500 feet, boil for 3 minutes). After boiling, allow the water to cool before use.

Boil tap water even if it is filtered (for example, by a household water filter or pitcher that filters water).

Do not use water from an appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator.

Breastfeeding is the best infant feeding option. If you feed your child formula, provide ready-to-use formula if possible.

Hand washing
In many cases, you can use tap water and soap to wash your hands during a boil water advisory. Follow the advice of your local public health officials.

Be sure to scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Then rinse them well under running water.

If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.

Bath and shower
Be careful not to swallow water when bathing or showering.

Be careful when bathing babies and young children. Consider giving him a sponge bath to reduce the risk of him swallowing water.

Brushing teeth
Brush your teeth with boiled or bottled water. Do not use tap water that you have not boiled first.

Wash the dishes
If possible, use disposable plates, cups and utensils during a boil water advisory.

Household dishwashers are generally safe to use if:

The water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit (66°Celsius), or

Dish water has a disinfection cycle.

Disinfect all bottles.

To wash dishes by hand:

Wash and rinse dishes as you normally would with hot water.

In a separate basin, add 1 teaspoon of unscented household bleach for every gallon of warm water.

Soak the rinsed dishes in the water for at least one minute.

Allow dishes to air dry completely before using again.

Laundry
It is safe to wash clothes as usual.

Cleaning
Clean toys and washable surfaces with:

Bottled water,

Boiled water or

Water disinfected with bleach

Take care of pets
Pets can get sick from some of the same germs as humans, or pass germs to humans. Give pets bottled water or cooled boiled water.

If bottled water is not available, bring water to a full boil for 1 minute (at altitudes above 6,500 feet, boil for 3 minutes). After boiling, allow the water to cool before use.

Boil tap water even if it is filtered (for example, by a household water filter or pitcher that filters water).

Do not use water from an appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator.

Take care of your garden and indoor plants
You can use tap water for home plants and gardens.

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‘Day zero’: Gqeberha in South Africa is counting the days until its water taps dry up https://austinbusinesslist.com/day-zero-gqeberha-in-south-africa-is-counting-the-days-until-its-water-taps-dry-up/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 08:45:00 +0000 https://austinbusinesslist.com/day-zero-gqeberha-in-south-africa-is-counting-the-days-until-its-water-taps-dry-up/ It’s the bumpy road – which winds between tight slums and state-funded beige houses – that makes it difficult to balance containers filled with 70 liters of water on its way back. “At home, you feel far away when you push 70 kilograms of water in a wheelbarrow,” said the 49-year-old resident of the impoverished […]]]>

It’s the bumpy road – which winds between tight slums and state-funded beige houses – that makes it difficult to balance containers filled with 70 liters of water on its way back.

“At home, you feel far away when you push 70 kilograms of water in a wheelbarrow,” said the 49-year-old resident of the impoverished South African township of Kwanobuhle.

Now much of the city is counting down to “day zero”, the day when all the taps run dry, when no significant amount of water can be extracted. That’s in about two weeks, unless authorities seriously ramp up their response.

The wider Eastern Cape region of South Africa has suffered severe multi-year drought between 2015 and 2020, which devastated the local economy, especially its agricultural sector. It had only a brief respite before falling back into drought at the end of 2021.

Like so many of the world’s worst natural resource crises, the severe water shortage here is a combination of mismanagement and distorted weather conditions caused by human-induced climate change.

On top of that, thousands of leaks throughout the water supply system mean that much of the water that comes out of dams may never reach homes. Poor maintenance, such as a faulty pump on a main water supply, only made the situation worse.

This has left Malambile – who lives with her sister and four children – no choice but to drive around the township with her wheelbarrow every day for the past three months. Without this daily ritual, he and his family would have no drinking water at all.

“People who don’t live here have no idea what it’s like to wake up in the morning, and the first thing that comes to mind is water,” Malambile said. His family has enough containers to hold 150 liters of water, but every day he fills about half of them while the rest is still used at home.

“Tomorrow those are empty, and I have to bring them back,” he said. “It’s my routine, every day, and it’s tiring.”

Countdown to day zero

The outlook for significant rains to help replenish reservoirs here looks bleak, and if things continue as they are, around 40% of Gqeberha town will be left without running water at all.

The Eastern Cape relies on weather systems known as “minimal lows”. Slow-moving weather systems can produce rains of more than 50 millimeters (about 2 inches) in 24 hours, followed by days of persistent wet weather. The problem is, that kind of rain just doesn’t come.

The next few months do not paint a promising picture either. In its seasonal climate forecast, the South African Meteorological Service predicts below normal rainfall.

This is not a recent trend. For nearly a decade, the catchments of Nelson Mandela Bay’s main supply dams have received below average rainfall. Water levels have slowly declined to the point where all four dams sit at a combined level of less than 12% of their normal capacity. According to city officials, less than 2% of the remaining water supply is actually usable.

Cape Town’s 2018 water crisis, which was also triggered by the previous severe drought as well as management issues, is fresh on people’s minds here. City residents would line up for their individually rationed 50 liters of water each day, for fear of reaching day zero. He never reached that point, but he got dangerously close. Strict rationing allowed the city to halve its water consumption and avoid the worst.

And with no heavy rain expected, Nelson Mandela Bay officials are so worried about their own zero day that they are asking residents to drastically reduce their water usage. They simply have no choice, said the municipality’s water supply manager, Joseph Tsatsire.

“While it is difficult to control each person’s consumption, we hope to get the message across that it is crucial that everyone reduces their consumption to 50 liters per person per day,” he said.

A sign urging residents to limit their water consumption in the suburb of Gqeberha.
To put this into perspective, the average American uses more than seven times that amount, at 82 gallons (372 liters) per day.

While some parts of the city will likely never feel the full impact of a possible zero day, various interventions are underway to help residents of so-called “red” areas where their taps inevitably dry up.

Earlier this month, the South African national government sent a high-ranking delegation to Nelson Mandela Bay to take charge of the crisis and implement contingency strategies to stretch the town’s latest dwindling supply.

Finding and repairing leaks was a focus, while plans are underway to extract “dead storage water” below current levels from supply dams. Boreholes have been drilled in some places to extract groundwater.

Some of the interventions – including repairing leaks and trucking in water – mean some people who had lost their water supply at home are starting to have a trickle from their taps at night. But that’s not enough, and authorities are looking for bigger, longer-term solutions to a problem that’s only should get worse the warmer the Earth gets.
Workers constructing a water collection point in the Walmer suburb of Gqeberha.
South Africa is naturally drought prone, but the kind of multi-year droughts that cause so much misery and disruption are becoming more and more frequent.

A desalination plant – to purify water from the oceans for public consumption – is under consideration, although such projects take months of planning, are expensive and often contribute more to the climate crisis, when fueled by fossil fuels.

Residents of Kwanobuhle are worried about the future, wondering when the crisis will end.

At the communal tap, Babalwa Manyube, 25, fills her own water canisters while her one-year-old daughter waits in her car.

“Flushing the toilet, cooking, cleaning – these are problems we all face when there is no water in the taps,” she said. “But raising a baby and having to worry about water is a whole different story. And when will that end? No one can tell us.”

Adapt at home

In Kwanobuhle, public housing is for people with little or no income. Unemployment is rampant and crime is on the rise. The streets are crowded with people looking for money. Former shipping containers operate as makeshift hair salons.

Just across the metro is Kamma Heights, a new leafy suburb located on a hill with a beautiful, sweeping view of the city. It is punctuated by several newly built luxury homes, and residents can often be seen sitting on their balconies, enjoying the last rays of sunshine before the sun sets behind the horizon.

Some residents of Kamma Heights are wealthy enough to secure an emergency water supply. Rhett Saayman, 46, breathes a sigh of relief every time it rains and he hears the water flowing in the reservoirs he has erected around his house over the past two years.

Her plan to save money on water in the long term has proven to be an invaluable investment in securing her household water supply.

Saayman has a storage capacity of 18,500 liters. Water for general household use, such as bathrooms, passes through a 5 micron particulate filter and carbon block filter, while drinking and cooking water passes through a reverse osmosis filter.

Rhett Saayman standing next to one of his many water tanks at his home in Kamma Heights.

“We still depend on municipal water from time to time when we haven’t had enough rain, but it can happen two or three times a year, and normally only for a few days at a time,” he said. declared. “The last time we used municipal water was in February, and since then we have had enough rain to feed ourselves.”

He added: “Looking at the way things are going in the city, it’s really a relief to know that we have clean water and enough to flush the toilet and take a shower. Our investment is paying off. its fruit.”

Residents in many parts of the Bay Area are being urged to reduce their usage so that water can be routed through standpipes – temporary pipes placed in strategic locations so that water can be diverted to areas who need it most.

This means that some of the city’s wealthier neighborhoods, such as Kama Heights, could see a huge drop in their water supply, and they too will have to queue at communal taps, just like those in Kwanobuhle do.

Looking ahead, local weather authorities have painted a worrying picture for months to come, with some warnings that the problem has been left to rot for so long it may be impossible to reverse.

“We’ve been warning city officials about this for years,” said Garth Sampson, spokesman for the South African Meteorological Service at Nelson Mandela Bay. “Whether you want to blame politicians and civil servants for their mismanagement, or the public for not conserving water, it doesn’t matter anymore. more.”

Water flows from a tap at a water collection point in the suburb of Walmer in Gqeberha, South Africa.  This is one of many collection areas set up in the city.

According to Sampson, the watersheds feeding Nelson Mandela Bay need about 50 millimeters of rain in a 24-hour period for there to be a significant impact on dam levels.

“Looking at the stats from the last few years, our best chance of seeing 50 millimeter events will probably be in August. If we don’t see significant rainfall by September, then our next best chance is not until around March of the year. next year, which is concerning,” he said.

“The only way to end this water crisis is with a flood. But fortunately or unfortunately – depending on who you ask – there are no forecasts suggesting rain of this magnitude anytime soon.”

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Let’s roll! Dozens hit the road for the County Dairy Air Bike Ride on Saturday | Local News https://austinbusinesslist.com/lets-roll-dozens-hit-the-road-for-the-county-dairy-air-bike-ride-on-saturday-local-news/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://austinbusinesslist.com/lets-roll-dozens-hit-the-road-for-the-county-dairy-air-bike-ride-on-saturday-local-news/ The Dairy Air Bike Ride at Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast returned on Saturday after a two-year hiatus. Sponsored by County Executive Samantha Kerkman and Kenosha County Parks, the organized ride took cyclists on a 14.3-mile round trip from Silver Lake Park Beach to breakfast at Elfering Farms in Bristol. Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department deputies provided […]]]>

The Dairy Air Bike Ride at Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast returned on Saturday after a two-year hiatus.

Sponsored by County Executive Samantha Kerkman and Kenosha County Parks, the organized ride took cyclists on a 14.3-mile round trip from Silver Lake Park Beach to breakfast at Elfering Farms in Bristol.

Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department deputies provided an escort at the front and back of the ride to ensure a safe trip for cyclists.

More than 50 people participated in the race, one of the largest participations since the start of the event.

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Over 100 environmental and community groups urge U.S. Supreme Court to uphold federal drinking water protections https://austinbusinesslist.com/over-100-environmental-and-community-groups-urge-u-s-supreme-court-to-uphold-federal-drinking-water-protections/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 16:15:33 +0000 https://austinbusinesslist.com/over-100-environmental-and-community-groups-urge-u-s-supreme-court-to-uphold-federal-drinking-water-protections/ WASHINGTON — Environmental and community organizations across the country today urged the United States Supreme Court to maintain the long-standing scope of the Clean Water Act and reject industry’s attempts to eliminate federal clean water protections that have protected families, communities, rivers and lakes from pollution for decades. The Natural Resources Defense Council joined the […]]]>

WASHINGTON — Environmental and community organizations across the country today urged the United States Supreme Court to maintain the long-standing scope of the Clean Water Act and reject industry’s attempts to eliminate federal clean water protections that have protected families, communities, rivers and lakes from pollution for decades. The Natural Resources Defense Council joined the Southern Environmental Law Center, which represents 113 environmental and community organizations, in filing the Short in support of the Environmental Protection Agency in the case, Sackett v EPA.

“Our families and communities rely on the Clean Water Act to protect our waterways and wetlands which control flooding, filter pollution and provide clean drinking water,” said Kelly Moser, senior attorney and head of the Clean Water Defense Initiative at Southern Environmental. Law Center, which represents 113 environmental and community groups in today’s filing. “A bipartisan Congress put these federal clean water protections in place, and decades of Supreme Court rulings confirm their broad reach. Polluters are now seeking to undo decades of progress — under administrations on both sides — to allow millions of miles of waterways and millions of acres of wetlands to be polluted and paved over.

“Anyone who depends on clean water – that means all of us – should be appalled by the brazen attempt by polluters to rewrite history and eviscerate the Clean Water Act,” said Jon Devine. , Director of Federal Water Policy at the NRDC. “The Clean Water Act protections for small streams and wetlands benefit communities across the country by stopping flooding, preventing pollution of places where our families go fishing and swimming, and providing water. drinking water to millions of people.”

Drinking water opponents in the case are asking the Supreme Court to gut the Clean Water Act by excluding critical waterways and wetlands, allowing them to be filled and subject to industrial pollution. This result would decimate the quality of the rivers and lakes downstream that Americans depend on for drinking water, fishing, swimming, and livelihoods. Wetlands help protect our communities from increasingly intense storms and floods, act as natural pollution filters that improve our water quality, and protect wildlife, including fish and shellfish for our fisheries.

Congress enacted the Clean Water Act fifty years ago with one goal: to restore and maintain the integrity of our nation’s waters. Congress rejected previous failed approaches that left water pollution largely to a patchwork of ineffective state laws, and instead took a comprehensive approach with consistent minimum standards to protect waterways nationwide.

As pointed out in the brief, more than 45 million acres of wetlands would be excluded from Clean Water Act protections if the Supreme Court adopted the challengers’ arguments. Among the waters that would lose their protection are hundreds of acres of wetlands at the gates of the Okefenokee Swamp. This invaluable National Wildlife Refuge and the St. Marys Rivers downstream depend on wetlands to filter pollution and store floodwaters, but the Sackett petitioners would remove federal wetland clean water protections, allowing them to to be destroyed and turned into landfills for a project to strip mine.

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]]> How to clean a greasy range hood https://austinbusinesslist.com/how-to-clean-a-greasy-range-hood/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 16:15:13 +0000 https://austinbusinesslist.com/how-to-clean-a-greasy-range-hood/ Placeholder while loading article actions Q: How do I clean my greasy cooker hood? A: Range hoods are designed to capture grease, smoke, and other airborne pollutants caused by cooking, but they can’t remove grime. At some point, grease (and splatters that escape capture) need to be cleaned up. Cleaning the hood itself is a […]]]>
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Q: How do I clean my greasy cooker hood?

A: Range hoods are designed to capture grease, smoke, and other airborne pollutants caused by cooking, but they can’t remove grime. At some point, grease (and splatters that escape capture) need to be cleaned up.

Cleaning the hood itself is a challenge. Unlike filters, which can be removed for cleaning or replacement, the housing must be cleaned in place. If you like to do the worst of a job first, start by tackling the surface directly above the stove. This area is the hardest to clean because it’s hard to get to, but a stepladder can help.

Remove the filter(s), which may involve pushing them up, so you can tilt them enough to pass the ledges where they sit. With the filters out, look into the space where the fan is running. Although there are YouTube videos showing how to remove the blades to clean them (after unplugging the unit), the cleaning instructions that come with the range hoods don’t suggest doing so.

Dorian Olsen, who manages the technical services line for the Viking Range Corporation, said to eliminate any grease you see. “If the filters are cleaned regularly, there shouldn’t be many,” he said. If you see a lot of grease buildup, call a professional duct cleaning service or a company that services appliances and have someone check the fan housing and the duct to the outside.

Generally, the innards of the fan do not need attention and you can concentrate on cleaning the hood and its cover, starting with the areas around the filters. Dip a cloth or sponge in warm water mixed with a little washing-up liquid by hand. Wring out the cloth or sponge enough so that it does not run. Wipe one area, fold the cloth or rotate the sponge, then wipe the next area. Rinse and repeat as needed. You should also wipe along the edges where the filters are. (For the corners, use an old toothbrush.)

If the warm, soapy water won’t go through the grease, put on rubber gloves and add baking soda or vinegar to the water. For particularly stubborn deposits, use a degreaser, such as Formula 409 cleaner or Simple Green, Olsen said.

If your hood is painted, be sure not to use anything abrasive, he says. Stainless steel hoods aren’t as soft, but if you rub with something abrasive in a direction that doesn’t match how the stainless steel was finished, you’ll see scratches. And avoid using anything with chlorine, which can damage the protective layer of stainless steel.

Once the grease has been removed, go over the surfaces with a cloth or sponge soaked in clean water, then wipe with a soft cloth. Next, turn your attention to the exterior surfaces of the hood. Clean them the same way, starting at the top and working your way down, so you don’t drool over an area you just cleaned. The grime mostly collects on the hood, not the chimney section, so if you clean frequently you may be able to focus on the sloping surfaces and ignore the vertical parts most of the time.

If you have a stainless steel hood and it still looks streaky after being rinsed and dried, Olsen suggests spraying WD-40 on a rag and buffing it with it. Or you can use a stainless steel cleaner and polish, which probably contains oil. A thin coat of oil will keep stainless steel looking pristine, but be aware that an oily surface will collect dirt and grease, so you may need to clean more frequently.

Besides cleaning the hood, you also need to take care of the filters. Range hoods that exhaust to the outside have filters that can be washed and reused. There are two basic types: baffle and mesh. The baffle style, made of stainless steel, has two layers of three-sided channels that run horizontally but with the tops of the channels facing in opposite directions. The upper layer, with the peaks pointing upwards, changes the direction of the airflow, causing fat to settle, while the lower layer, with the peaks pointing downwards, collects this grease. Mesh filters are often made of aluminum and rely on their fine filaments to trap grease.

The easiest way to clean stainless steel filters is to run them through a cycle in the dishwasher. Aluminum filters can also be safely cleaned in a dishwasher, but some dishwasher detergents are quite alkaline and can eat away at aluminum. Julie Nelson, who answers tech support questions for Broan, a range hood maker, said she would clean an aluminum strainer in the sink with hot water and hand dishwashing detergent, such as dawn. Letting the filter soak usually makes the grease soft enough to rinse away — unless there’s been years of accumulated grease, she said. In this case, she would replace the filters.

Range hoods that are not vented to the outdoors usually have filters with a wire mesh on the side that faces the stove, topped with a charcoal pad. Sometimes the layers are grouped together; with other filters, the layers are separated. Since you can’t clean charcoal, if your range hood uses single-unit filters, you’ll need to periodically replace them. If the mesh is separated, you can wash it and replace the charcoal layer.

Some hoods have indicator lights to signal when the filters need to be changed. Otherwise, a calendar might be your best guide. Nelson said Broan recommends replacing filters in ductless hoods every five months, but some Broan product publications suggest three to six months. Bosch, which has split-layer filters for at least some of its range hoods, suggests replacing the carbon filter when it becomes visibly dirty or every six to 12 months, depending on use. But the literature for a model hood with sensors indicates that the “cleaning time” light will come on for the grease filter after 30 hours of use and the “replace time” light will come on for the grease filter. charcoal after 120 hours of use. .

In the end, the timing really depends on how often you cook and if you do a lot of frying.

A problem at home? Send your questions to localliving@washpost.com. Put “How To” in the subject line, tell us where you live, and try to include a photo.

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Kansas Pond Society’s 2022 tour includes do-it-yourself water gardens https://austinbusinesslist.com/kansas-pond-societys-2022-tour-includes-do-it-yourself-water-gardens/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 08:14:00 +0000 https://austinbusinesslist.com/kansas-pond-societys-2022-tour-includes-do-it-yourself-water-gardens/ Wanita Wright’s backyard pond near Central and 143rd East will be on the Kansas Pond Society’s water garden tour June 18-19. The pond was made by Wright and her late husband by converting the pool and filling it with koi. Jaime Green The Wichita Eagle In Wanita Wright’s backyard in east Wichita, 54 koi have […]]]>

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Wanita Wright’s backyard pond near Central and 143rd East will be on the Kansas Pond Society’s water garden tour June 18-19. The pond was made by Wright and her late husband by converting the pool and filling it with koi.

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In Wanita Wright’s backyard in east Wichita, 54 koi have made their home in a water garden pond that she and her husband turned into a swimming pool nearly two decades ago.

With huge rock ledges, a low cascading waterfall that originates from an old dirt berm on one side, water gushing from statues of fish and cranes, and foliage ranging from lily pads to sedums and hibiscus, the 19,000 gallon pond bears little resemblance to its former use. The old spa at one end of the pool now contains water celery, watercress, horsetails and other plants that float in the water or are in pots that rest on what used to be a row of pool seats. spa.

At a recent party, Wright gave the Eagle a sneak peek at her garden, which is one of 13 water gardens featured on the Kansas Pond Society tour on Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19. Most gardens have been created by homeowners as stand-alone projects and range from small single ponds on a property to multiple ponds. Wright’s pond is one of the largest on the circuit.

Open to the public, tours cost $10 per carload with a color booklet serving as your admission ticket. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the following garden centers in Wichita: both Johnson’s Garden Center locations, Hong’s Landscape and Nursery and Scenic Landscape. During tour dates, booklets can also be purchased at 12 Sandpiper St. Proceeds help offset the costs of hosting tours.

As Botanica is on tour, the booklet also serves as admission to the attraction and its latest traveling exhibit, Washed Ashore. The nonprofit Kansas Pond Society has a longstanding partnership with Botanica. The society helps separate the water lilies from the attraction from its pond and holds an annual silent auction among its 180 family members, with proceeds going to Botanica.

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Wanita Wright’s backyard pond at 12 Sandpiper in Wichita, near E and Central 143rd Street, will be part of the Kansas Pond Society’s water garden tour June 18-19. The pond was built by Wright and her late husband by converting the pool and filling it with koi fish. Jaime Green The Wichita Eagle

A sticky start

When the Wrights moved into their home 25 years ago, the foreclosed house and its swimming pool had fallen into disrepair.

“The dog jumped in and was covered in drool,” Wright recalled.

As the couple rehabilitated the pool, after eight years, they realized they were spending far more time maintaining the pool than swimming in it. It was then that Wright asked her husband if she could finally have the backyard pond she had always wanted.

She even got an unexpected health benefit.

“That’s how I quit smoking,” she said, pointing to the pond. “Sitting here watching and feeding the fish has helped relieve my stress.”

She points out two of the larger border rocks that she once replaced on her own, while her husband was out of town.

“I read how they created Stonehenge,” she laughed.

She ended up using more modern materials of steel rebar and PVC pipe to create the way to get rocks from her front driveway to the back.

At one end of the pond, the couple built a deck that overlooks the pond and provides prime seating for listening to the sounds of the water and watching the fish. At the other end of the pond, a half-crescent shaped pergola creates a boundary between the pond and what will eventually become another smaller water feature in the works. Stretched by two other large boulders and connected to a narrow, winding waterway, Wright creates a Monet-inspired lily pond.

Wright designed the designs for the pergola panels herself, using Frank Lloyd Wright’s Asian-inspired designs.

A fountain of information

Like so many members of the Kansas Pond Society, the Wrights used the do-it-yourself approach to creating their backyard pond. That’s one of the benefits of membership, Wright said. Members are more than willing to offer their expertise and resource lists to each other for individuals to create their own ponds.

“That’s half the fun,” Wright said of the DIY approach. “You can create it however you want.”

Monthly newsletters and First Saturday meetings provide a lot of useful information, Wright said, from pond management to fish health to creating biological filter systems. In addition to its silent auction for the benefit of Botanica, the pond society often organizes plant exchanges.

The group’s tours have drawn the attention of other pond clubs out of state, said Wright and Mike Kandt, the company’s vice president and president, respectively. The Oklahoma City club brings a busload of its members after being wowed in 2019, and some Texas Pond Club members plan to travel to Wichita to see the ponds this year.

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Wanita Wright’s backyard pond at 12 Sandpiper in Wichita near 143rd St. E and Central will be on the Kansas Pond Society’s water garden tour June 18-19. The pond was built by Wright and her late husband by converting the pool and filling it with koi fish. Jaime Green The Wichita Eagle

From one to four

Kandt was a prolific handyman. When he and his wife, Susan, moved into their north Wichita home 30 years ago, the property already had a pond in its front yard.

“We didn’t know anything about ponds…and then we started a long journey with ponds,” Kandt said.

Over the years, Kandt created three more ponds, all hand-dug and designed by him, on the couple’s property that borders the Little Arkansas River.

The largest is a 9,000 gallon pond at the base of a backyard slope that holds around 60 koi fish. Kandt said it took him four months, while working full-time as an architect, to dig that first pond. Eventually, he transformed the slope, once covered in honeysuckle and other ground cover, into a large, cascading, dry-stacked rock waterfall with two pools at the top.

His koi are a bit spoiled, admits Kandt. Every Sunday morning, he bakes them blueberry pancakes.

Kandt has created an irrigation system in which he can flush fish waste into a small bog pond.

In two other areas of the property, Kandt dug two small ponds by hand. Across an alley from the larger pond is a pond that Kandt calls his nursery pond. This is where he puts the aquatic plants in the works. Later in the season, when he empties the larger pond for his annual cleaning, it becomes a temporary home for about half of his koi population. The rest goes in a large portable pool.

To please his wife, he created a pond in what she likes to call her secret garden. Quite well hidden on the property on the south side of the house, the pond is adjacent to the sliding doors of the house leading to the dining room. Because the pond attracts raccoons, only two ceramic fish can be found in this water feature, which also includes a griffin statue springing from the water. On the way to the secret garden, Susan Kandt has created a fairy garden.

The Kandts are also members of the Hosta Society, so visitors will be able to see a variety of hostas. The couple tagged many plants to help them not only keep track of the foliage, but also to inform visitors who visit their garden.

Kansas Pond Society Water Garden Tour

What: visit 13 water gardens in the greater Wichita area, including Benton and Derby

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday June 18 and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday June 19

Admission: $10 per carload. Tickets on sale at both Johnson’s Garden Center locations, Hong’s Landscape and Nursery and Scenic Landscape. During the tour dates, tickets can also be purchased at 12 Sandpiper St. The ticket includes addresses, directions and descriptions of each of the gardens. It also allows admission to Botanica, one of the tour’s commercial gardens, over the weekend.

More information: kansaspondsociety.org0

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JR Shipping has signed with Value Maritime, the emissions reduction technology contractors, to retrofit six more vessels with their Filtree exhaust cleaning and carbon capture system, making nearly their entire fleet sustainable for the coming.

750 TEU container shippers from JR Shipping, MV Endeavor and MV Energy have already been fitted with Value Maritime’s unique carbon capture and filtration system. JR Shipping has now signed for six additional vessels, MV Enforcer, MV Endurance, MV Ensemble, MV Emotion, MV Empire, MV Elysee to be retrofitted, continuing their fleet-wide program. This makes JR Shipping Value Maritime’s largest customer with the carrier ready to install the most VM Filtree systems to date.

Emission reduction mission

Over the past three years, JR Shipping and Value Maritime have consistently worked to reduce carbon emissions, reduce the environmental footprint of the fleet and stay ahead of IMO targets. Both companies are building momentum and combining their knowledge and resources to take significant steps in reducing emissions and decarbonizing short sea shipping.

Sander Schakelaar, Managing Owner – JR Shipping Group “The necessary path to a sustainable future is capturing the attention of the shipping industry worldwide. The transition to sustainable shipping can only be accelerated if we turn the Green Deal into a profitable deal. Together with Value Maritime, we mapped out the possibilities for a fleet-wide program. We worked on the basis that shipowners can only invest to a limited extent in new installations, so our main objective was to generate sustainability with long-term return prospects! We are convinced that the innovative Filtree system, developed in-house by Value Maritime engineers, can play an important role in the energy transition of our industry.

Carbon filtering, capture and storage

The six vessels will be equipped with Value Maritime’s Filtree system, a carbon capture module and a CO2 battery to capture and store CO2 on board. The system, suitable for existing and new vessels, is based on a unique technology that filters sulfur and ultrafine particles from the exhaust gases and purifies the washing water. In addition, a patented CO2 capture and storage module is integrated into the system. The CO2 batteries will be discharged and discharged in greenhouses in Europe where the CO2 will be reused to grow crops or flowers.

Value Maritime has established an extensive service network to replace batteries in major ports. This will result in a 100% circular solution.

Maarten Lodewijks, co-founder and director – Value Maritime “From the beginning, JR Shipping has embraced the concept of making its fleet more sustainable with a green and financial dividend. We were always aligned in our thinking and that’s why our combined goals were always going to come true. There was never any doubt. We are very grateful for their loyalty and unwavering confidence in our emission reduction technology.

Benefits for the container loader market using VM technology

Full compliance with sulfur emission regulations while continuing to operate on economical fuel gives a competitive advantage.
In addition to sulphur, particulates are also filtered out of the exhaust gases, providing an additional environmental benefit.
The CO₂ is stored and reused with the capture and storage module, which reduces the ecological footprint of the vessel.
Installation can be completed in days during routine berths, with virtually no downtime.

JR Shipping Group and Value Maritime will continue to cooperate to take advantage of any opportunity that arises – no matter how small – to help reduce pollution in shipping activities.
Source: JR Shipping, Maritime Value

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80-year-old filter triggered Wichita’s boil water advisory https://austinbusinesslist.com/80-year-old-filter-triggered-wichitas-boil-water-advisory/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 00:29:45 +0000 https://austinbusinesslist.com/80-year-old-filter-triggered-wichitas-boil-water-advisory/ City officials say the boil water advisory will remain in effect for Wichita until at least Wednesday evening as the Kansas Department of Health and Environment tests Wichita’s water supply. the city. Alan King, director of public works and utilities, said oversight of the maintenance of an 80-year-old filter at the city’s sewage treatment plant […]]]>

City officials say the boil water advisory will remain in effect for Wichita until at least Wednesday evening as the Kansas Department of Health and Environment tests Wichita’s water supply. the city.

Alan King, director of public works and utilities, said oversight of the maintenance of an 80-year-old filter at the city’s sewage treatment plant was to blame for the degradation in the quality of the water, which caused cloudy water with “a higher than expected solids dose”. to be discharged into the city’s distribution system.

“Normally, we are able to detect these glitches that occur. In this particular case, we were unsuccessful,” King said at a press conference Tuesday night.

“Now the backwash is complete. The water coming into the system is okay and clean, but you have this cloudy water flow going through our system, and that’s what KDHE is concerned about.

King said KDHE water samples have already been taken and are on their way to a lab for testing.

“We’re confident it should only last about 24 hours,” Mayor Brandon Whipple said.

But if tests show bacteria in the water, it could be several days before Wichita water can be safely consumed without boiling it first.

King compared the filters to “big swimming pools with sand and charcoal at the bottom”. The sand and charcoal are replaced every five or 10 years, he said, but the filter itself is original to the 80-year-old plant.

“Because we have a very old processing plant, we have to expect some issues,” King said.

The Eagle reported in 2019 that an engineering survey found that 100% of the city’s raw water pipes were in “very poor” condition in 2017, and that the city’s entire water infrastructure was in poor condition. a “significant risk” of default.

Construction is underway on the new Wichita Water Treatment Plant, which King said will likely be completed by late 2024 or early 2025.

“This new water treatment plant will replace that plant, and we should have a more reliable treatment process in this new treatment plant,” he said.

Last October, a major water main break and a boil water advisory left about half a million Kansans who depend on Wichita’s supply without reliable drinking water for 36 hours.

Before that, King said the city’s last boil water advisory was in the late 1990s.

This story was originally published June 7, 2022 7:14 p.m.

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7 functional bottle filling stations to reduce reliance on tap water https://austinbusinesslist.com/7-functional-bottle-filling-stations-to-reduce-reliance-on-tap-water/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 08:47:22 +0000 https://austinbusinesslist.com/7-functional-bottle-filling-stations-to-reduce-reliance-on-tap-water/ A bottle filling station is a vending machine that can be used to fill bottles with water, sparkling water, or soft drinks. Bottle filling stations have been very popular in recent years as they are a cost-effective solution for travelers who frequently need water while on the go. They are usually found in schools, gymnasiums […]]]>

A bottle filling station is a vending machine that can be used to fill bottles with water, sparkling water, or soft drinks. Bottle filling stations have been very popular in recent years as they are a cost-effective solution for travelers who frequently need water while on the go.

They are usually found in schools, gymnasiums and offices. The main reason for their popularity is that they help people save money by helping them refill their own drink bottles instead of having to buy a new bottle. That being said, let’s take a look at some of the best bottle filling stations you can order online.

1. Elkay LZS8WSLP Bottle Filling Station

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The Elkay LZS8WSLP Bottle Filling Station is an automated filling station that can fill up to 3000 gallons of water in minutes. It has contactless sensor activation and is easy to use and operate. Plus, it’s designed for commercial use and will be perfect for any business that needs to quickly fill bottles.

This bottle filling station can be used in a variety of places like restaurants, bars, schools, offices, etc. It also has a fill rate of 1.1 GPM and a water holding capacity of 3000 gallons. It is made of stainless steel and has a sleek design that allows for easy installation.

2. Elkay EZWSRK Bottle Filling Station

Bottle filling station
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The Elkay EZWSRK bottle filling station has a fill rate of 1.5 GPM. It has a green ticker that informs how many 20oz bottles have been saved from waste. It also has a touchless sensor activation, which means you don’t have to touch anything to fill your bottle with water.

The station has a real emptying system which prevents the build-up of mold, mildew and bacteria. This station can be used for restaurants, bars or any other commercial establishment. It is also a great option if you are looking for a bottle filling station suitable for indoor use.

3. Elkay EZS8WSLK EZH2O Bottle Filling Station

Bottle filling station
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The Elkay EZS8WSLK EZH2O Bottle Filling Station is easy to use and operates at a fill rate of 1.1 GPM with a green ticker showing how many 20oz bottles are saved. Plus, it offers an easy-to-use system.

Elkay EZS8WSLK EZH2O Bottle Filling Station is a great example of an innovative design that provides a clean fill and minimal splashing. It also features an easy-to-use design with a drain system that eliminates standing water.

4. Halsey Taylor HTHB-HAC-RF Bottle Filling Station

Bottle filling station
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The Halsey Taylor HTHB-HAC-RF Bottle Filling Station is a high-tech machine that uses laminar flow to fill bottles with clean, minimal splashing. The bottle filling station can fill at 1.5 gallons per minute, making it a great option for restaurants and bars that need to make more drinks in less time.

Halsey Taylor HTHB-HAC-RF Bottle Filling Station was designed with the foodservice industry in mind. It is an energy-efficient machine that helps reduce costs by using fewer resources and reducing waste generation. It also offers fast fill rates at an affordable price, making it one of the best business options on the market today.

5. Elkay LZSTL8WSLK Bottle Filling Station

Bottle filling station
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The Elkay LZSTL8WSLK Bottle Filling Station is a water filtration station that provides clean and easy bottle filling. It has a 1.5 GPM fill rate, 3,000 gallon water filter capacity, and an easy-to-use touchless system. This product can be used in many different scenarios such as restaurants, sports arenas, stadiums, etc.

This Elkay station is designed to deliver high capacity clean water without any human contact or assistance needed during operation. The machine also has a sleek look with its stainless steel finish and sleek silver design, making it perfect for any environment.

6. Elkay EZWSSM EZH2O Bottle Filling Station

Bottle filling station
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The Elkay EZWSSM EZH2O Bottle Filling Station is a stylish new addition to any office or home. It will save you time and money by automatically refilling your water bottles without you having to do anything. The station is also saving the planet by letting you know how many 20oz plastic water bottles have been saved so far.

Elkay EZWSSM EZH2O Bottle Filling Station is a solution to the common problem of water splashing from the dispenser when filling bottles. It provides laminar flow with minimal splashing and ensures every bottle is filled correctly. It is easy to install and effective in providing the best water quality possible.

seven. Elkay LZS8WSSP bottle filling station

Bottle filling station
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The Elkay LZS8WSSP Bottle Filling Station is a smart water bottle filling station that uses the latest technology to ensure your water bottles are filled with cold or hot water in less than three minutes. This contactless, sensor-activated station is perfect for commercial and residential use. It can be installed in any location, including restaurants, gyms, offices, etc.

Elkay LZS8WSSP bottle filling station provides a more efficient and environmentally friendly way to refill cold water bottles throughout your facility. This new innovation saves you time by eliminating the need for labor-intensive manual operation.

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]]> Washing and drying machines pollute the air https://austinbusinesslist.com/washing-and-drying-machines-pollute-the-air/ Sat, 04 Jun 2022 14:01:13 +0000 https://austinbusinesslist.com/washing-and-drying-machines-pollute-the-air/ While we clean our clothes, we pollute our air. A typical American household is about 300 loads of laundry every year and because our cleaning habits are bad for the environment, scientists want us to reduce. Not only does washing our clothes this much consume an excessive amount of energy, but it also releases tons […]]]>

While we clean our clothes, we pollute our air. A typical American household is about 300 loads of laundry every year and because our cleaning habits are bad for the environment, scientists want us to reduce.

Not only does washing our clothes this much consume an excessive amount of energy, but it also releases tons of carbon dioxide. It’s bad for the environment and it wears down our clothes, which adds clothes to our landfills. The researchers report that the The EU alone produces 2.2 million tonnes of “textile waste” each year.

Drying as bad as washing

Until now, researchers have mainly focused on the negative effects of washing machines on the environment. Now a new study suggests that the clothes dryer is just as bad.

First, here’s what we know about washing machines:

  • A residential washing machine uses approximately 41 liters of water per charge.

  • A professional washing machine uses on average 34.74 thousand gallons of water and up to 910 kilowatts of electricity per year.

  • Residential washing machines emit 179 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.

  • Using cold water can reduce emissions of 864 pounds of carbon per year.

  • Scented liquid laundry detergent emits compounds that the Environmental Protection Agency has classified as carcinogens.

And second, we now know that drying a load of laundry in a residential clothes dryer is just as bad for the environment as a single load, suggests a new study published in the scientific journal, PLOS ONE, earlier this year. A team of scientists from Northumbria University and scientists from Procter & Gamble (P&G) conducted the research and found that one drying cycle releases the same amount of potentially harmful microfibers into the air as a load of washing in the water system.

Even before this study was published, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) was calling for greener and more energy-efficient dryers.

“Dryers are arguably the most important of all residential appliances requiring energy efficiency improvements,” writes the NRDC in a Article from June 2014.

“From the washer-dryer pair, washers have received more attention with a complete redesign over the past two decades. Nearly half of all models now open from the front rather than the top, which which allows them to extract more water from clothing and reduce energy and water consumption,” says the NRDC.

Hazardous chemicals

While the team studied the impact of dryers on the environment, they also found that dryer sheets and fabric softeners could reduce the release of microfibers during tumble dryers. Scientists from the University of Washington published research ten years ago in the magazine, Air quality, atmosphere and health, showing that liquid laundry detergent and scented dryer sheet contain dangerous chemicals – including two classified as carcinogens – which a drying cycle releases into the air.

The Northumbria and P&G study measured microfiber production in loads totaling 1,200 garments. He found that if a bonding filter had smaller pores, it could trap microfibers better. This means that drying cycles would release fewer hazardous materials into the air.

In a press release reporting on the study, Dr Kelly Sheridan, textile fiber expert at Northumbria University, said: “It is critical to our understanding of the impact of microfibers on human health and environment that all potential routes of microfiber releases, including to the air, are evaluated. Airborne fibers are just as much of a concern as those in sewage.

Along with their new search results, researchers call on the appliance industry to improve the efficiency of filtration systems in vented clothes dryers.

“Recent increases in energy costs have made us all think carefully about the financial impact of using dryers, but few are aware of their impact on particulate air pollution,” says researcher Dr Neil Lant. at P&G and principal investigator on this study.

According to the CNDRa clothes dryer is responsible for about 6% of the average home’s energy consumption.

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