Monthly Archives: June 2017

Israel..a water power.

Back in the 1930’s British economists put it out there that the Jewish and Palestinian area that is now Israel had enough water to support a maximum 2 million people. So how does an area that is 60% desert, with a population increase of 10x since 1948 become a water exporter. The have enough water to export water to the Palestinians and Jordan. As well ,Israel exports billions of dollars of peppers, tomatoes, melons and other water intensive produce.

How did Israel do this? Early leaders recognized the importance of water. Centralized water planning was instigated, water prices were real, regulators were appointed, the citizens were educated to conserve, they desalinated sea water, drip irrigation was instituted, and all sewage was treated and recycled for the crops.

…and so a water power was born.

Being in a relatively arid area help people in the area be aware of water issues going back a long way. In the Mishnaic and Talmudic periods water laws developed pertaining to the specific ownership of wells, rules regarding public water pipes, canals, and reservoirs. Rights of travelers to water holes was dealt with, pollution at water holes was not allowed, sewage must be kept away. It sounds like the people who live in the present day Israel were primed for centuries as to the crucial importance of water as a resource.

 

Against the odds, with a growing population, growing economy,and a drop in rainfall Israel has become a world leader in water management. Unlike some of their neighbors they do not have a water crisis.

 

Certainly there are concerns as most wells are used for drinking water and irrigation. There is a fear that as waste water is returned to the fields, over time it makes the earth salinated and causes a drop off in agriculture.

Nunavut get $230 million for upgrades.

To improve drinking water and waste water systems in Nunavut the Federal and Territorial  Governments  are investing $230 million. Nine projects across nineteen Nunavut communities will receive the funding to make upgrades to their water , waste water, and solid waste systems. 

The investments will be in green infrastructure, protecting the environment, supporting local economic opportunities, improving family income and quality of life for those living and working in the North. 

Federal officials will be going to Nunavut to establish the priorities with the various territorial and community leaders. In Arviat, Chesterfield Inlet, and Sanikiluak storage capacity, and enhancing water treatment and distribution are the main issues. Kugaaruk and Kimmirut require upgrades to the waste water system are required. Grise Fiord, Gjoa Haven, and Igloolik need  better waste management and recycling services. 

The federal gov’t is supplying $170 million and Nunavut $58 million.

 

6 Reasons To Drink Water

Drinking water is essential to your health. Water is a nutrient your body needs that is available in plain water or foods and fluids. Loss of fluids are occurring continuously through the day, from evaporation through the skin, breathing, urine or in your stool. These losses must be replaced daily to maintain good health.

Let’s take a look at 6 reasons to make sure you are drinking enough water.

1. Drinking water helps maintain the balance of bodily fluids. We are about 60% water and need this amount to function in an optimum fashion. Less and our bodily systems tells us we are thirsty. More and we need to urinate.

2.Water helps control calories. Substitute water for high calorie fluids.

3. Water helps energize muscles. When muscle cells don’t have enough fluid they do not perform as well.

4. Water helps skin look good. Dehydration makes your skin look dry and wrinkled. This can be avoided with proper hydration.

5. Water helps your kidneys. Kidneys cleanse and rid the body of toxins as long as your intake of water is adequate. If you are getting enough fluids your urine should be clear and free of odor.

6. Water helps to maintain normal bowel function. good hydration keeps thing running smoothly in your gastrointestinal track..and helps prevent constipation.

Bottled Water Now More Popular Than Soda

Out of the USA, we have it that water has overtaken pop in popularity, but some feel it is worth highlighting the hidden cost in terms of plastic bottles.

Bottled water consumption last year hit 39.3 gallons per person vs pop consumption of 38.5 gallons per person. This is the first time bottled water has beat out pop.

Consider that per capita consumption of pop drinks was over 50 gallons in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Soda is still more expensive with sales of 39.5 billion vs 21.3 billion for water. The decline for pop sales has been on a steady decline since 2003.This comes with the highlighted concerns of sugary beverages and the links to obesity and diabetes. Scares from possible water contamination also helped bottled water sales.

As for the makers of Coke and Pepsi don’t be to worried as they are also owners of Dasani and Aquafina…two of the largest brands of bottled water. They are in the game.