Goodpasture Bridge


Built in 1938, the Goodpasture Bridge spans the McKenzie River near the community of Vida in Lane CountyOregonUnited States. It is the second longest covered bridge and one of the most photographed covered bridges in the state. The Goodpasture Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


–A thing of beauty is a joy forever.– John Keats.

–Model 77 is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. Plus, it has a lifetime warranty.--Pure Water Annie.

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 Common Uses of Ion Exchange Resins in Water Treatment


Ion exchange resin has been an effective water treatment tool for many years. The most common use, by a long way, is for water softening. Ion exchange resins, however, have many other less frequently used applications. Resins are used to reduce arsenic, nitrates, uranium, perchlorate, and more. They can also “deionize” water completely, removing the full mineral content.

Standard Softener Resin

Cation resins exchange positive ions and Anion resins treat negative ions.

Here’s a chart showing types of resins and many of their uses: (more…)


Cost of most drinking water pollution borne by consumers

by Kate Golden, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Agriculture creates most of the nitrate pollution, but consumers pay most of the cost, whether they drink from public wells or private ones.

The state says that 57 public water systems violated health-based standards for nitrate in 2014. But that statistic does not include hundreds of public systems that have high nitrate in their raw water and never receive a violation because they dilute or treat their water, or replace their wells.

The city of Chippewa Falls has no nitrate violations. But it has been battling high nitrate levels in one of its two wells since the mid-1980s. (more…)

Earth may have kept its own water rather than getting it from asteroids 

by Julia Rosen


Carl Sagan famously dubbed Earth the “pale blue dot” for our planet’s abundant water. But where this water came from—and when it arrived—has been a longstanding debate. Many scientists argue that Earth formed as a dry planet, and gained its water millions of years later through the impact of water-bearing asteroids or comets. But now, scientists say that Earth may have had water from the start, inheriting it directly from the swirling nebula that gave birth to the solar system. If true, the results suggest that water-rich planets may abound in the universe. (more…)

San Marcos, TX.  A City Known for its Wonderful Water

 San Marcos Frees Itself from Fluoridation

San Marcos, Texas, home of some of the earth’s most beautiful water,  has artificially fluoridated the drinking water since 1987. Now, a major grassroots effort over the past year has brought that to an end.  A strong coalition of campaigners, including Fluoride Free San Marcos and Texans for Accountable Government, weren’t discouraged by a city council that ignored their calls for an end to the practice.  Instead, the multi-partisan coalition moved forward and collected the 1,600 signatures required to get a resolution amending the city charter on the ballot.  Then another obstacle arose.  Their referendum petition was illegally invalidated by the City Clerk, who even sued Fluoride Free San Marcos and three of its officers to have a judge void the petition and have the campaigners pay the city’s legal expenses.  The judge ruled that the petition was legal, and directed the city to place the question on the ballot. (more…)

Lake Chad Under Threat From Climate Change, Human Activity

by Moki Edwin Kindzeka


The once expansive and vital Lake Chad has lost as much as 90 percent of its water in the past 50 years. Experts from the six member states of the Lake Chad Basin Commission met in Cameroon to put together a plan to save the lake that will be presented at the Paris climate change summit in December.

The proposal centers on transferring water from the majestic 3.7 million square kilometer Congo River basin to the vanishing Lake Chad River basin. The Congo River basin is the second largest in the world, after the Amazon River basin. (more…)


 The Pure Water Occasional for October 31, 2015

In this Halloween/Day of the Dead  Occasional, you’ll hear about Nestle’s great water grab, the 1899 sinking of London, soda politics, and waterboarding (with scary pictures). Then there’s fluorosilicic acid, pervaporation, “Sponge,” infrastructure-caused flooding, midge fly larvae, Bolivia’s bold UN declaration, and the flowering of the Atacama Desert. Hear about California’s leading water guzzlers, the driest and hottest places on earth, the Water Tower of the Year and the Stupidest Idea of the Year Awards.  You’ll hear about Kumarakulasingam Suriyakumar, the Prior Lake swim team. Also, there’s flash droughts in Texas, backwashing water filters, and yet another collection of life’s most interesting numbers put together by Gazette columnist Bee Sharper.  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.)

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 Slipshod oversight allows millions of gallons of water to be taken off public lands

by Cassie MacDuff


A Halloween Horror Story: Waterboarding

Some top American politicians actually endorsed the use of the fearful torture technique known as waterboarding during the dark early days of the “War on Terror”

Most of the information below is from  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Waterboarding is a form of water torture in which water is poured over a cloth covering the face and breathing passages of an immobilized captive, causing the individual to experience the sensation of drowning. Waterboarding can cause extreme pain, dry drowning, damage to lungs, brain damage from oxygen deprivation, other physical injuries including broken bones due to struggling against restraints, lasting psychological damage, and death. Adverse physical consequences can manifest themselves months after the event, while psychological effects can last for years. (more…)

Why Pure Water Products’ Backwashing Filters Are the Very Best in the World

Gene Franks, Pure Water Products

To start with, we have invented a superior new filter medium that removes all known contaminants from water, never wears out, and is very inexpensive.

We also have created a new filter control valve that lasts for 40 years, runs without electricity, and can be programmed by thought.

Finally, in response to customer demand, we have created a unique space-saving mineral tank that is over twice as large on the inside as it is on the outside.

I really wish I could tell you all of that is true, but, alas, I have to tell you that we mainly use the same old stuff that’s available to everyone else in the industry for making filters. Nevertheless, I can confidently say that our backwashing filters are the best on the market and that it doesn’t worry us that some other internet sites seem to be selling comparable filters at a slightly lower price.

Here are some reasons:  (more…)

Gazette Famous Water Picture Series — The Mysterious Lowering of London

Is London Sinking?

From the waterways of Piccadilly Circus to moorings outside St Paul’s Cathedral, these remarkable illustrations imagine what London would look like if its streets were to become the canals of Venice.

The superimposed images, created by hand for a spoof feature in The Harmsworth Magazine in 1899, show the city’s roads filled with former taxi drivers navigating gondolas through bustling water traffic, rather than Victorian horse and carts.

The black-and-white pictures show iconic sites including Regent Street, Horse Guards Parade and Hyde Park Corner submerged in water, while major landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral sit on the banks of canals. (more…)