Boil Water Advisory
Another way to think about Earth Day
I just don't want Earth Day to become another Veterans' Day, Mother's Day or What-have-you DAY; a day we set aside once a year to remind folks of what's important. Veterans, Moms and the Earth are important every day!
Nonetheless, I can (modestly) say, I have been living Earth Day every day of my life. No one had to flip a switch to turn on that GREEN light. I think the light turned green and I shot out of the womb! Now that's a funny visual.
While I'm not going to cite chapter and verse about how I live, I'll share something I have always said … my children call these little ditties "Mizarisms" … "We have to go back to doing things the way our grandmothers did them." "Nuff" said.
For as long as I can remembers, my family has been doing 2-things:
1 – recycling
2 – composting
My dad would have us separating the clear from the green from the brown glass, etc., crushing cans and stacking newspapers before we taking the ride to the recycling center. Not as common in the late 60s but there were out there! About that same time, my mom and dad dug out a 40' x 20' garden. Read about it in an earlier post! And the composting began. It's a good thing too because where I grew up, the earth below our feet was red, hard clay!
My Dad's compost pile was simply done; wire fencing formed into a circle and voila! DONE.
Now … since Antonio and I have a home-based business, we receive deliveries on wood pallets .. A LOT of deliveries which means A LOT of wood pallets. So yesterday, without even paying attention to the fact Earth Day is today, I went out and re-purposed those pallets.
Tah-Daaaaah! Compost bins.
Although by visualizing this I knew I could build this … I have this knack … it serves me well, I went ahead and looked up a few tutorials just to get some different ideas. There are dozens of step by step instructions and videos out there.
Now I can go out into the woods behind my house, scoop up that 2-year old pile of egg shells, banana peels, coffee grounds, you name it and put all in my new compost bins.
It's probably going to stink … but it's a good Mother Earthy stink!
We strongly encourage people living in East Orange, New Jersey to reach out to PUR2o to help avoid e-coli bacteria contamination. Boiling tap water will remove pathogens, but will concentrate any other chemicals also present in the water. E-coli can be removed from water through reverse osmosis – one of the first filtration stages of a PUR2o point of use system.
East Orange Water Commission officials say e-coli were detected in the water supply and, until further notice, residents should bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute before drinking, preparing or washing food, making ice cubes or brushing their teeth.
The water commission said, in a statement, that the cause of the contamination was under investigation but may be attributed to excessive rainfall over the last two months.
For further information, residents can visit www.eowater.com or call (973)266-2473
Recently health officials ordered residents in the town of Ventnor, located in southern NJ, to boil their tap water after tests showed traces of E.coli bacteria.
Residents in Ventnor, New Jersey are having to do something a little less ordinary this weekend: boil their water to avoid the threat of E. coli bacteria. According to the Press of Atlantic City, residents there were advised to boil their water Friday after test results showed the bacteria present in the city’s drinking water. The city’s Water and Sewer Utility superintendent, Thomas Klein, told the Press of Atlantic City the drinking water contamination was unrelated to a ruptured sewage line that occurred there earlier.
These types of advisories are issued from time to time, but have you ever thought about how effective boiling water is at making your water safe to drink? The truth is that boiling water does kill harmful pathogens, like E.coli, but it concentrates any other chemical impurities, like chlorine, that may be present in the water. So while you are avoiding bacteria that could make you sick, the chemicals you are ingesting could cause health problems down the road.
This article also mentions that many residents opted to buy bottled water to see them through the advisory. This is unfortunate too, since the bottled water probably has absorbed chemicals from the plastic it is packaged in as well.
A good rule of thumb – when your town issues a “boil water advisory” – always filter the water first, then boil it. Or, invest in a PUR2o/RO (Reverse Osmosis) system and you can ignore all boil water advisories in the future.
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