Rain in North Texas

 


At Denton’s Farmer’s Market, May 23, 2015, PWP employees, from left, Kristen Lewis, Katey Shannon, Kacy Ewing, and Theresia Munywoki, are pictured just before a rainstorm cut the event short. 
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Those praying for rain in North Texas have perhaps overdone it. We’re getting flash floods and the wettest May in many years.  To the south of us,  areas that were very dry are now experiencing the flooding of the San Marcos and Blanco Rivers.

Flooded San Marcos River, May 24, 2015. Click for larger view.

Full details about May flooding in Texas and Oklahoma.

Fracking to resume in Texas city that banned fracking after state steps in

Democracy in Action: After residents of Denton, TX, voted by a large majority to impose limitations on hydraulic fracturing within city limits, the state of Texas moved to ban its own cities from imposing prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas drilling activities within their boundaries –a major victory for industry groups and top conservatives who have decried rampant local “overregulation.”

DENTON, Texas — A North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted state lawmakers to limit such local power says a driller has revealed plans to resume fracking gas wells in the city.

According to documents obtained through an open records request, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports Vantage Energy notified the city early Tuesday of its plans to begin fracking on Denton’s west side, beginning next Wednesday. The notice came the morning after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law Monday afternoon that limits local authority to restrict fracking.

During last November’s election, Denton voters banned fracking within the borders of the city of about 125,000 residents, eliciting immediate vows by oil and gas drillers to topple that ban. The state and the drillers filed lawsuits, and the Legislature fulfilled the drillers’ vows last week.

The Denton ban remains on the books, but Mayor Chris Watts says the new state law likely renders it unenforceable and would probably stymie any effort to block Vantage plans to finish its gas wells.

“It’s my understanding we don’t plan on seeking an injunction,” Watts told the Record-Chronicle. As for the lawsuits still on the court dockets, city officials will be discussing those soon, Watts said.

“Where we go from here hasn’t been determined,” he said.

A call and email to a Vantage energy spokeswoman by The Associated Press were not returned.

As for the grass-roots fight in Denton against fracking, Frack Free Denton President Adam Briggle said that will continue.

“We cannot say how this story will unfold, but we do know this dark chapter shall not be the last one written,” he said.

Source: New Orleans Times Picayune.

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 More Consensus on Coffee’s Benefits Than You Might Think

by Aaron E. Carroll

When I was a kid, my parents refused to let me drink coffee because they believed it would “stunt my growth.” It turns out, of course, that this is a myth. Studies have failed, again and again, to show that coffee or caffeine consumption are related to reduced bone mass or how tall people are.

Coffee has long had a reputation as being unhealthy. But in almost every single respect that reputation is backward. The potential health benefits are surprisingly large.

When I set out to look at the research on coffee and health, I thought I’d see it being associated with some good outcomes and some bad ones, mirroring the contradictory reports you can often find in the news media. This didn’t turn out to be the case.

Just last year, a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies looking at long-term consumption of coffee and the risk of cardiovascular disease was published. The researchers found 36 studies involving more than 1,270,000 participants. The combined data showed that those who consumed a moderate amount of coffee, about three to five cups a day, were at the lowest risk for problems. Those who consumed five or more cups a day had no higher risk than those who consumed none.

Of course, everything I’m saying here concerns coffee — black coffee. I am not talking about the mostly milk and sugar coffee-based beverages that lots of people consume. These could include, but aren’t limited to, things like a McDonald’s large mocha (500 calories, 17 grams of fat, 72 grams ofcarbohydrates), a Starbucks Venti White Chocolate Mocha (580 calories, 22 grams of fat, 79 grams of carbs), and a Large Dunkin’ Donuts frozen caramel coffee Coolatta (670 calories, 8 grams of fat, 144 grams of carbs). (more…)

A Versatile New Water Softener for RV Owners, Car Washers, and More

 

Although it’s less than two feet tall, this water softener is capable of softening hundreds of gallons on water before it needs regeneration.

Designed primarily to soften all water entering recreational vehicles and mobile homes, our 10,000 grain water softener is portable and easy to apply to other applications such as washing cars, washing windows, rinsing solar panels–any application where hard water causes scale buildup or spotting.

The small but powerful softener prevents hard water spotting on vehicles, dishes, windows, decks and patios.

Very easy to use, it requires no installation and no special tools or skills for operation. It connects with standard garden hoses and washer hoses and is regenerated with ordinary table salt.

This small but mighty softener uses the same cation resin as full-sized residential water softeners and has an initial capacity  to treat 10,000 grains of hardness.  That’s about 1400 gallons of moderately hard water, or 700 gallons if you live in San Antonio, TX.

Here are some highlights:

  • Requires no installation. No electricity. No connection to drain. It comes ready to use with garden hoses and washer hoses.
  • High flow: handles up to 4 gallons per minute, so it works with pressure washers.
  • Regenerates with two pounds of regular table salt. No chemicals required.
  • Compact (less than 2 feet tall), easy to store, easy to move from place to place, even when it’s full of water. Stands on its own base.
  • One year warranty on the unit. Ten year warranty on the on the mineral tank.
  • Comes with hardness test kit to tell you when it’s time to regenerate.
  • Made in USA by a leading softener manufacturer.  Replacement parts, if needed, are readily available from Pure Water Products.
  • Equipped with a flow restrictor that takes the guess work out of regeneration flow rate.
  • No meter, no setup hassles, no counting of gallons, no “sizing” problems. Works on any potable water source.
  • Comes with excellent instructions for use and regeneration of resin as well as a hardness test kit.
  • Produces instant soft water anywhere there’s a garden hose.

The orange Y fitting allows easy transition from service mode to backwash. The tap at the very top allows easy insertion of table salt to renew the resin. 

Not yet on our website, so please call or email for purchase information:

Pure Water Products

pwp@purewaterproducts.com

940 382 3814

California town named and shamed as biggest water guzzler

Bermuda Dunes, once the home of Clark Gable, tops the list of places using too much water in the drought-plagued Golden State

by Nick Allen

Golfers on the Bermuda Dune Country Club course.

A wealthy town of 6,000 people has been named the worst offender in California for guzzling water as the state tries to crack down on wastefuless during a crippling four-year drought.

Bermuda Dunes, an oasis in the Coachella Valley 120 miles east of Los Angeles, uses 343 gallons of water per head per day.

That compares to 139 gallons in Los Angeles, which itself uses twice as much as the average city in Europe. (more…)

What Are Chlorine Burns?

by Pure Water Annie

Gazette technical wizard Pure Water Annie addresses the perplexing questions about water treatment.

Once a year, usually in spring,  water suppliers that normally disinfect their product with chloramine, a mixture of chlorine and ammonia, perform a cleaning procedure known as a “chlorine burn.”  The purpose is simply to clean out the pipes, ridding the distribution system of film and debris that has built up.

The clean-out is accomplished by simply switching disinfectants from chloramine to straight chlorine for a time, and usually upping the dosage a bit to speed things along. Compared with chlorine, chloramine is a rather weak disinfectant.  Its weak performance allows sludge and scum, bacterial film, to build up in pipe walls and crevices.  The yearly purge, or “burn,” with straight chlorine cleans things out. (more…)

 

The Pure Water Occasional for April 30, 2015

In this first of Spring Occasional, you’ll hear Erin Brockovich’s views on fluoridation and the World Health Organization’s views on Roundup. Hear about California’s water war between lawn owners and farmers, meet the bottom-dwelling hatchetfish, and find out how glow-in-the-dark tampons can be used in wastewater management. You’ll hear China’s opinion of new dams in Tibet and the world’s opinion of China’s island-building venture. Learn how milk pollutes water and how sewage can be used to predict obesity rates. Water treatment news about activated carbon, Katalox Light, and our exciting new Aer-Max page. Then there is more (and more) about fracking, the world’s largest single marine reserve, hormone mimickers in wastewater, a new regulation for crypto,  reverse osmosis units provided for poor families, and the pollution of Lake Victoria.  Hear how Yahoo News trashes the strange devices called “alkalizers” (just as ours is still almost ready to hit the market). Visit Hinkley, CA 15 years after Erin Brockovich, find out where Hitler currently resides, and hear the pros and cons of the much-discussed thirsty almond. And, as always, there is much, much more.

The Pure Water Occasional is a project of Pure Water Products and the Pure Water Gazette.

To read this issue on the Pure Water Gazette’s website,  please go here.  (Recommended! When you read online you get the added advantage of the Gazette’s sidebar feed of the very latest world water news.)

You’ll sing better.

 

Let Them Drink Almonds: How California Is Exporting Its Most Precious Commodity, Water, to China

The recent reports underlining the true severity of California’s water shortage brought on by prolonged drought have inspired the state’s lawmakers to consider severe rationing of water to homes and businesses, especially limiting the use of water for home landscaping. While any water saving is laudable and important, an East Bay Express article explains that the state’s real water gluttons, corporate farmers, are seldom mentioned when cutbacks are proposed.  Below is an excerpt from the article.–Hardly Waite. (more…)

Erin Brockovich Speaks Out on Water Fluoridation

After a great deal of research and personal thought, I am opposed to the continued policy and practice of drinking water fluoridation; I believe this harmful practice must be ended immediately. Public drinking water is a basic human right; and its systematic use as a dispensary of a substance for medical purposes is deplorable. (more…)

Can Drinking Alkaline Water Keep You Extra-Hydrated And Disease-Free?

by Molly Shea,  Assistant Editor, Yahoo Health

 Can Trendy Alkaline Water Cure What Ails You?

Gazette Introductory Note:  This piece calmly dismisses the basic assumption of sellers of the products called “alkalizers” or “ionizers”  that the human body needs large amounts of very alkaline water to maintain its health.  The key idea is expressed in the statement that the body does quite well at maintaining water’s pH balance.  It has been doing this for eons without the help of radically treated water or the $2000 machines being sold to produce it.  The fact is that the body must have water at a very specific pH level and it has perfected the way of achieving that level quite without the help of special bottled water or costly electronic gadgets. Truth is, the pH level of the water we drink seems to have no effect at all on the body’s ability to get the pH of the water it uses exactly right.–Hardly Waite.

Water is nature’s perfect beverage. Hydrating, calorie-free, and readily available, the simple drink is as good as it gets for ensuring proper functioning of all your body’s organs. But what if there was a different water, an even more hydrating liquid that goes farther to keep you healthy and thriving?

That’s the premise behind alkaline water, a version of H2O with a pH level higher than 7. (A pH above 7 is considered alkaline, while a pH lower than 7 is acidic — normal water typically has a pH of 7).The thinking is this: Maintaining a bodily pH level of 7.4 is key to optimum health. Because so many foods in the modern diet are considered acidic, drinking water with a higher pH than normal can help your body stay alkaline and disease-free, improving all aspects of health. Proponents call it a better form of hydration, and some drink alkaline water exclusively. (more…)

Why Almond Farmers Aren’t the Water Enemy

by Brad Gleason

 Culling almonds on a California farm.

A quarter-century ago, when I first started farming the fertile ground of western Fresno County, my crop was cotton.

I wasn’t alone. Back then, the San Joaquin Valley had more than 1 million acres of white gold. Federal water cost me — hard to believe today — only $25 an acre-foot. And there was plenty of it. My neighbors and I irrigated inefficiently by sprinkler and furrow.

But I knew then that cotton wasn’t a sustainable crop for California. It could grow almost anywhere, and there was a surplus of it. Plus, cotton growers got a rather considerable payment from the federal government. Those double subsidies — cheap water and price supports — gave cotton growers a black eye. We were portrayed, with some justification, as the greedy farmers of Fresno’s west side. (more…)