Posts Tagged ‘water’

Cheap, Clean Drinking Water…

Water, water everywhere but is it safe to drink?
…not always easy to find, in this day and age.
So I’ve given up the bottled water thing, what with all the scrunched, crunched and battered bottles I see alll over the place and the facts of how much energy it consumes to produce, fill and transport those bottles.
Then, as I mentioned, there’s dealing with the empty plastic bottles.
It blew my mind when I read about the numbers over at the Wikipedia entry on bottle water.
Americans consume some 50 billion bottles of water per year!
Further, only about 26% of those bottles make it back for recycling. Think about it…
That’s a LOT of plastic floating around (and I DO mean floating… check out this piece on the Atlantic garbage Patch, from Discovery News.

What’s in YOUR Water?
Of course, if I’m not buying bottled water anymore, tap water is the alternative it seems, and I have to say I’m not thrilled with the prospect. I’m even less thrilled having discovered some other contaminants now being found in municipal water supplies.
Pharmaceuticals lurking in U.S. drinking water
(from the March 2008 MSNBC/AP 3-part report)
“A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.”
I sure wish those Tea Party idiots who were all worked up about flouride in our drinking water, and protected weasels like the criminals over at BP, would get a lather up over the drugs in our drinking water.
Not bloody likely so I decided to take matters into my own hands…
I went over to place for green living ideas, goods and supplies ~ BioBarneys.com and, after reading one of their guides, got myself a GE faucet filter for my green homeGE faucet mount filter found at Biobarneys.com
This baby not only takes out sediment and those nasty heavy metals (like cadmium, mercury, etc.), it also strips out the nasties making their way into many, many, many municipal water supplies these days.
It’s supposed to treat up to 100 gallons before it needs faucet mount replacement filter so I figure I’ll bepaying about $.10 a gallon for my water; a darn site cheaper than the bottled water & there’s no bottles to deal with, either.
For under 30 bucks I get clean drinking water out of my tap (great for washing veggies, too), avoid dealing with bottles and save myself I chunk of change to boot!
THAT is easy, green living my friends.

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Blowing My Green Mind…

So I’ve just moved into San Diego’s North County and roaming (by foot, mind you, even though so many in the bohemian community into which I’ve moved prefer to motor almost everywhere, including an eightth of a mile to pick up…anything) the town just blows my green-leaning mind!
Sunny, sunny, sunny!!!
And hardly a solar panel to be seen. This area is a natural and, given the tax incentives offered for installation of solar panels and such, it’s amazing that the area isn’t festooned with PV panels!
The new library being built IS using a green roof, with the covering being planted(an ages old technigue, btw) but otherwise, all this glorious radiation courtesy of Sol is being wasted.
An evening stroll reveals even more more mind-blowing reality; I’m certain this neck of the woods chapparel will soon be named the “Land of A Million Malls” and each developer has fallen prey to the madness of the “greenscape”.
All of these oasis’ have been planted with verdant, rich green lawns
which need 10s of thousands of gallons of water to maintain!
As I walked by one local strip mall(with beautiful, lush grass) the other evening, I had to step into the street to avopid being soaked by a maladjusted sprinkler head, then had to step over the near-torrent of water rushing off the lawn, into the street and down the gutter.
It just struck me as an amazing waste and I walked the perimeter of the property to verify that this mall was now, indeed, an island!
Excuse me, BUT they’re not making more of it.