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Estrogen in drinking water – dangerous!

ESTROGEN IN WATER

The following excerpt from “Removing Estrogen From Drinking Water” appeared on June 25, 2012 on Water Online’s web site.

UNIVERSITY TEAMBielefeld University students participating in iGEM competition
A biological filter to remove estrogens from waste water and drinking water. The 15 Bielefeld students submitting this project to the ‘international Genetically Engineered Machine
IGEMcompetition’ (iGEM) at the MIT LOGOMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA are setting their sights high. They are persuading internationally active companies and associations in the biotechnology and chemistry sector to contribute several ten thousands of Euros to cover the costs of entering this rapidly expanding global competition in synthetic biology. Since May, they have been spending their free time in the laboratory making new DNA building blocks, reproducing them, and producing enzymes. First results give reason for optimism.

BIRTH CONTROL PILLSThe birth control pill is a widespread contraception method. However, large amounts of these modified estrogens leave the body again in urine. The conventional methods inSEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT sewage treatment plants are unable to treat this waste water sufficiently because the most frequently used estrogen ETHINYL ESTRADIOLethinylestradiol is very difficult to break down. As a result, the hormone finds its way into rivers and lakes and also accumulates in drinking water with serious consequences for fish and other aquatic life. These range from reproductive and severe developmental disorders to the formation of female sexual characteristics in males. TheWATER GLASS long-term consequences of increasing estrogen pollution for human beings are still largely unknown. Nonetheless, declining sperm counts and thereby increasing infertility in men living in industrial nations may well relate to this hormonal pollution. In addition, testicular and prostate cancers as well as osteoporosis (a reduction in bone density) could be a consequence of overly high concentrations of estrogen in the human body.

Bio filters from tree fungi
The goal of the Bielefeld iGEM team is to develop a biological filter in which certain enzymes (so-called laccases) break down the estrogen. Laccases are to be found in many organisms, and one of their properties is an ability to break down aromatic compounds – to which the estrogens belong. One source of particularly efficient laccases for this process is the turkey tail, a type of fungus that likes to grow on trees. The Bielefeld students are aiming to manufacture this enzyme economically and safely with the help of methods from synthetic biology. It should also be possible to extend the concept to other, in part poisonous DRUGS IN WATERand carcinogenic pollutants in drinking and waste water. The students already have one first success to announce: they have managed to isolate the genes of several laccases from various bacteria and have placed them in a standard, allowing further PESTICIDES IN WATERdevelopment. By the time of the European Jamboree in October, they want to have confirmed how the enzymes break down
various substrates such as estrogens, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals and to be starting to immobilize them to filter materials.

Doing research in their own time
The Bielefeld team is composed of 15 students in the Genome-Based Systems Biology, Molecular Cell Biology, and Molecular Biotechnology degree programmes. Participating in the international competition means sacrificing many hours of their own free time, because the Bielefeld students have to carry out the research on top of their regular studies. Moritz Müller, a Master student of Molecular Biotechnology, explains why participating is nonetheless attractive: ‘Taking part in the competition gives you a chance to build up your own laboratory work while you are still studying, to pursue your own ideas, and even carry out your own project. These are the sort of challenges you will be facing in your professional career’. The students are being supported by Professor Dr. Alfred Pühler, Professor Dr. Erwin Flaschel, Dr. Jörn Kalinowski, and Dr. Christian Rückert from Bielefeld University’s CeBiTec (Center for Biotechnology)…

After reading paragraphs 2 and 3, you should be concerned.  Our drinking water – municipal or well is not as healthy for you as you are led to believe.  Also, if  your family is not enjoying the taste of your tap water, you would be wise to consider installing a Rainsoft Reverse Osmosis system (watch video below).  Not only will you enjoy the benefit of pure natural tasting water, but you will stop worrying about the harmful chemicals, pharmaceuticals, including modified estrogens, pesticides and herbicides that are present in your water.

WATER DROPLET HAPPY ICON GIMPCROPPED QUESTIONS? ~ Call us to help with your home’s water filtration needs.  More and more people realize that even though they are on municipal water, filtering your home water is a necessity now that evidence states more and more dangerous chemicals such as fluoride, trihalomethanes, lead and pharmaceuticals(i.e. altered estrogen) may be in your water.

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Relaxing Friday – pool flashmob Gran Canaria

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Here’s a lovely way to start your weekend by watching as more than 30 musicians from the Municipal School of Dance and Music play “Bolero” by Ravel poolside.

Youtube video,”Splashmob Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa”, Published on May 3, 2013
A flashmob straight from the wonderful pools of Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa, in Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria. More than 30 musicians from the Band of the Local Municipal School of Dance and Music of Mogan, surprise our guests playing “Bolero” (Ravel). Music splashes in Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa. Thank you for sharing it, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Un flashmob desde las maravillosas piscinas del Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa, en Puerto de Mogán, Gran Canaria. Más de 30 músicos de la Banda Escuela Municipal de Música y Danza de Mogán sorprenden a nuestros huéspedes con una original interpretación de El Bolero de Ravel. La música se moja en el Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa. Gracias por compartirlo, que lo disfrute tanto como nosotros.

Have a great weekend and we look forward to having you visit with us a while next week.

http://www.cordialcanarias.com

Plastic pipe lining to “protect” drinking water from contamination

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INPIPE FLEXLINERPipe lining is quickly becoming a cheaper alternative for protecting drinking water from corrosive material and contamination—so what are the benefits? written for Water Canada magazine by Rachel Phan

Who are the major players?
While this trenchless pipe lining technology is relatively new to North America, a number of Canadian companies are offering similar technologies and services to municipalities dealing with rapidly aging infrastructure. These companies include:
FER-PAL  • FER-PAL Infrastructure
INSTITUFORM• Insituform
LIQUIFORCE• LiquiForce Services

ROTHESAY LIGHTHOUSEWhen the town of Rothesay, New Brunswick began to receive complaints about dirty water, it was discovered that the source of the problem was a section of cast iron watermains constructed in the 1960s. Rather than digging up and replacing the pipes, the Town opted to explore other cheaper and less disruptive options. Pipe lining—a relatively new technology in North America—was chosen as the most convenient solution.
Liners are primarily used to solve the problem of municipal water pipe deterioration. When pipes are corroded over time, pipe liners are applied to the inside of unlined cast iron or cement mortar-lined pipes. While older structural spray lining, often called Cured-In-Place- Pipe, is slow setting and requires a minimum 16 hour cure period and an additional 36 hours of service shutdowns, the new generation polyurea pipe linings are rapid-setting and quick cure.
RENEWABLE PIPE LINER“Generally speaking, pipe liners have been specifically developed for the rehabilitation of potable water pipe infrastructure to help extend service life, reduce leaks, and improve water quality by preventing tuberculation—the build-up of corrosive material on the inside of iron piping—that can lead to colour, taste, and odour 3Missues,” says Sylvain Masse, the business development manager of the 3M Infrastructure Protection Division.
“Essentially, liners reduce the contact water has with piping, which in turn reduces the likelihood of water discolouration and poor pressure,” he adds.
Aside from acting as a thin layer of protection, liners can also be applied as a structural addition to the pipe, which means the layer of liner can act as a pipe in the event that the actual pipe fails due to age or corrosion.

PIPE CONTAMINATIONAs a result, pipe liners can prevent contaminants from reaching water in cases where the earth surrounding a corroding pipe is contaminated.
The Town of Rothesay came across the new lining technology after receiving complaints about poor pressure and water becoming yellowish or rusty during high flow events. While these issues are not generally health hazards, the discoloured water is often unsettling for customers. In 2011, Rothesay started a trial run project where 1,000 metres of cast iron pipe were relined in about three to four weeks.
“Initially, it was very attractive to do the relining versus digging up pipes and replacing them because there was minimal disruption to the customer and it was cost saving for the municipality,” says Bruce King, Rothesay’s utilities coordinator. “The benefit of relining outweighed the process of replacing the pipe.”
In Rothesay, approximately 100 metres of pipes were relined in a day, and for the most part, the water was back in service by night on sections that were relined that day (albeit on a boil water advisory while the process was ongoing). This made the process relatively pain-free for residents.
The original trial run was so successful that the Town of Rothesay applied the liner to an additional 1,600 metres of iron pipe in 2012, which took approximately four to five weeks to complete. An engineer estimates that the 2012 project was about 36 per cent of the cost to replace the pipe.
DIRTY WATER“There was a dramatic drop in dirty water complaints and the process was fairly easy,” King says. “We received a lot of immediate positive feedback, especially about the water quality improvement.”
He says Rothesay has plans to reline its last remaining cast iron mains in 2014. In the meantime, the technology continues to gain popularity with municipalities looking for a cost-effective alternative to replacing aging infrastructure. WC

RACHELRachel Phan is Water Canada’s managing editor

http://watercanada.net/2014/line-of-defence/

 

AFRAID OF YOUR COUCH? YOU SHOULD BE!!!

 

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My blogs are usually water related (and some water related are a stretch of the imagination), but I’m taking a detour for this topic because it is of the utmost importance in my opinion.  This new HBO documentary, which aired a while back exposes the existence of deadly chemicals in furniture, and highlights the movement to fix a problem that touches us all.

DANGER SIGNI certainly hope that this toxic topic will be followed and acted upon in Canada – where our lives and especially our children’s lives are at stake!!!

SARAH JANSSENThe short video, “My Toxic Couch” below was uploaded to Youtube by Dr. Sarah Janssen, a senior scientist at the Natioanl Research Council in USA, on Feb 7, 2013 - Toxic flame retardant chemicals are saturated in the foam inside our furniture. These chemicals are linked to serious health effects and are worthless in preventing furniture fires. We need better regulation of these chemicals to address this problem.

The following excerpts are from an article by Gerri Miller, Nov. 21, 2013

The real concern is the troubling amount of chemicals in furniture cushions – which are dangerous for consumers and firefighters.  Are you sitting down? Before you do, think about your couch, because it could be killing you. Since 1975, in an effort to curb the number of lives lost in house fires, all furniture has been required to contain flame retardants. But these toxic substances — among the 84,000 chemicals in our products that are untested and unregulated – are dangerous to human health, causing an increased risk of cancer, mental problems and birth defects. This point is chillingly driven home HBO MOVIE SIGNin the documentary “Toxic Hot Seat,” which will premiere on HBO on Nov. 25. Filmmakers James Redford and Kirby Walker interviewed chemists, journalists, firefighters, politicians, and activists to uncover the truth behind this issue and how chemical companies and their lobbyists have spent millions to cover it up.  Initially, “We really thought it was going to be a story about legislation, how we could follow that and demonstrate whether there was progress and if not, why,” said Redford (the son of actor and environmental activist Robert Redford). NEWSPAPER2“That approach crashed and burned rapidly,” when they discovered three months into the project that the Chicago Tribune was working on a five-part series about the issue called “Playing With Fire,” and the journalists behind it agreed to be part of the documentary. “It required a lot of steps to get permission, but it really changed the complexion of the film.” Walker added that when they’d first heard stories about the chemical company cover-ups involving “front” groups and the tobacco industry, it smacked too much of conspiracy theory to be true. “We thought, ‘it can’t be this bad.’ But the Tribune found that it was indeed that bad, and we did include it. A democracy can’t function if the people who live in it don’t know the truth. Because of investigative journalism, we’re told what is happening and can advocate for ourselves. That really resonated with us.”

This HBO Documentary Film, “Toxic Hot Seat” HD Trailer (HBO Documentary Film, airing November 25th) was published Aug. 22, 2013
Movie comment ~ 
Amazing documentary about the toxic fire retardants found in most upholstery throughout the U.S., based on a well-intentioned by faulty specification mandated by California decades ago and perpetuated by the chemical industry. A “must-see” for architects and interior designers that specify furniture – will change one’s perspective about fire retardants.
 
FIRE SCIENCE LOGO The film depicts the impact these chemicals have had on firefighters, who have unusually high rates of cancer due to toxic chemical exposure, and via experiments, demonstrates the ineffectiveness of fire retardants.
VYTENIS BABRAUSKASDr. Vytenis Babrauskas, who published a study on the subject in 1987, asserted in the Tribune article that the amount of retardants in a typical home’s furniture provides “little to no fire protection.”
 
No wonder a large portion of the film focuses on efforts to change laws. Many states are considering legislation now, and in January, a new regulation will take effect that makes fire retardants no longer mandatory. Manufacturers don’t have to include the chemicals, but still can, so the onus is on the consumer to ask questions and buy accordingly.
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“We want people to demand change and reform. If enough people see this we can demand change in Washington,” Walker said. Added Redford, “My hope is everybody talks about it, gets on social media. If we speak up we can get these chemicals out of our lives. We can’t get rid of these couches with chemicals in them overnight, but it’s really about thinking ahead for our children. We act with our pocketbooks and it can really make a difference.”
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WHAT IS THE WATER TANK PROJECT?

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ART ABOVE NYC.
WATER ABOVE ALL.

Water tank wraps for water awareness.
 Coming Spring 2014


WATER TANK WATER TANK PROJECT LOGOThe Water Tank Project is the inaugural initiative of Word Above the Street, a non-profit dedicated to fostering environmental awareness and social advocacy through art and technology. In spring 2014, The Water Tank Project will transform the New York City skyline.

WATER TANKS PAINTED2Artwork by acclaimed artists and New York City public school students will be wrapped around 100 rooftop water tanks across all five boroughs, celebrating the talents of established and emerging artists, and calling attention to the global water crisis.

WATER TANKS PAINTED6Unprecedented in scale, The Water Tank Project is the first public art project to make use of water tanks in this way and will reach millions. For the duration of the project, art above will be complemented by action on the ground through educational programs, public tours, social media activities and a symposium dedicated to inspiring fresh views on global water issues.

WATER TANK PROJECT_ARTISTIC UPDATEOur aim is to produce art as social intervention, to inspire awe and joy, to educate, and to alter attitudes and habits among those who experience The Water Tank Project, ultimately creating meaningful and long-lasting change.

Here’s a link to my blog, “New York City’s Water System – How Bizarre!” of April 3, 2012, which will provide you with a most interesting history of the water tanks in NYC.  This includes a video and also a Prime Time Postscript clip -enjoy!

https://rainsoftottawa.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/new-york-citys-water-system-how-bizarre/?preview=true&preview_id=1422&preview_nonce=2fc7392cf4&post_format=standard

Canada’s Water Utilities in Trouble

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ELIZ BRUBAKERThe following article, Making Bail – Helping Canada’s water utilities out of a bad spot, by Elizabeth Brubaker is from the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Water Canada magazine.

Canada’s municipal utilities are in trouble, and it seems increasingly unlikely that the provinces will bail them out. Federal aid seems equally unlikely, given the finance minister’s warnings that there will be no major new spending initiatives in the 2010 budget. But our utilities need not despair. Although public money may be scarce, private investment and pricing reforms can provide sustainable solutions to the problems they face. (Important Update Note – 11/19/2013:  “…Where there’s a well, there’s a way  These are just a few illustrations of innovative financial solutions to meeting the need for safe water and sanitation. In 2014 businesses will partner with global non-governmental organizations, assessing water risk, scarcity and opportunity…” – taken from ” The Future of Water Sustainability ” - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-damon/water-sustainability_b_4303872.html )

 Municipal residential drinking water JOHN STAGERsystems face a number of challenges. Ontario’s Chief Drinking Water Inspector John Stager reports that 199 systems exceeded provincial limits for total coliforms or E.coli at least once during the 2007-08 year, and 94 did so on multiple occasions. As well, 83 E COLIsystems exceeded provincial limits for lead, trihalomethanes, nitrates, or other chemicals at least once, and 67 did so on multiple occasions.
ONT MINISTRY LOGOStager also reports that Ontario Ministry of Environment inspectors found areas of non-compliance at 348 systems during the reporting year. They observed problems with the sizing, installation, and operation WASTE WATER FLOWof equipment; they detected inadequate sampling and reporting; they identified problems with operations and maintenance manuals; and they found unacceptable flow rates.
For these or other reasons, consumers do not trust the water coming out of their taps. In March 2009, Ipsos Reid probed consumer confidence in the safety and quality of Canada’s drinking WHAT WATER SHOULD I DRINKwater. Just 20 per cent of the Ontarians polled were very confident, while another 57 per cent were somewhat confident. The pollster also asked consumers about the source of the water they typically drink at home, and only 34 per cent of Ontarians replied that they drink water directly from the tap. The majority (63 per cent) filter their water or drink bottled water.
Meeting provincial and consumer water quality expectations is by RCCAO LOGOno means the only challenge for water providers. The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario estimates that the province is losing at least 327 million cubic metres of treated water a year. These losses cost ratepayers an estimated $700 million annually.
  WATER LEAKS AGING PIPESWastewater systems are also in disrepair. In 2008, 102 sewage facilities violated provincial standards or their certificates of approval. Some of Canada’s biggest cities—Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, London—failed to comply with the rules. And some communities failed again and again. Brockville
had 
19 exceedances, Sarnia had 23, and Waterloo had 17. Under the Canada-wide Strategy for the Management of Municipal Wastewater Effluent approved by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment last February, poorly performing wastewater utilities will soon face new regulatory requirements.

FIXING PROBLEMS COST BILLIONSFixing these and other problems will cost billions, as will expanding the systems to meet new demand. Even if billions were available in the form of provincial and/or federal grants, municipalities would be wise to forgo them. Grants and other subsidies create ASSOCIATION CWWAperverse incentives. According to the Ontario Water Works Association and the OntarioASSOCIATION OMWA Municipal Water Association, subsidies are counterproductive, rewarding those who neglect their infrastructure and punishing those who operate effectively.

WASTEWATER DISREPAIR2They also cause delays—municipalities put off making essential improvements, hoping that free money might someday flow in to pay for them. When and if the free money does come, it encourages 
overbuilding. Grants have resulted in serious overcapacity. In 1996, 44 per cent of the capacity in place was excess to Ontario’s needs. That represented more than $25 billion in premature—in some cases, unnecessary—spending. It also gave many municipalities systems that were needlessly costly to run.

 WATER CONSERVATIONGrants also allow municipalities to under-price water. Cheap water deprives consumers of the incentives they need to conserve. It encourages waste and requires unnecessary capacity.

CPPPrivate capital offers municipalities an attractive alternative to grants. Increasingly, investors such as the TEACHERS' PENSIONCanada Pension Plan and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan want to put their money into water utilities, which offer steady, predictable, reliable revenue MIRA SHENKERstreams. According to Mira Shenker, editor of ReNew Canada magazine, “This is a sector that’s about to explode onto the marketplace.” Additionally, private dollars free up public funds for other purposes and transfer financial risks. And private money tends to be used efficiently—it comes with its own due diligence, enabling municipalities to get more for less.

Despite considerable theoretical support for private investment, and years of promotion by government agencies and consultants, Canada’s water and wastewater utilities have little experience with private capital. For a better idea of the possible extent of private investment, we can look to England and Wales, which privatized their water and wastewater systems in 1989. Since then, the private owners have invested about £3 billion (over C$5 billion) a year.
Private investment is not a magic wand. The investment will have to be recovered, and water rates across Canada are notoriously low—some of the lowest in the developed world. Low rates starve municipalities of capital and operating funds. Ontario alone has an unpaid bill of $11 billion in upkeep and repairs. In 2003, water revenues met just 64 per cent of the costs of providing services.
PRICING WATERFor these reasons, at least seven provincial bodies have advocated pricing reforms since the early 1990s. The Water Strategy Expert Panel concluded that “consumers should pay the full cost of the services they consume,” and the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario advocates full-cost recovery because it will enable systems to achieve financial sustainability and self-sufficiency, and it will encourage water conservation.
CD HOWEBusinesspeople are also supporting pricing reforms. Last year, the CD Howe Institute released a commentary by economist Steven Renzetti, who recommended universal metering, full cost accounting, and seasonal pricing to reflect marginal costs. Shortly afterwards, Compas polled CEOs and business leaders for their responses to Renzetti’s proposals. It reported that “immense majorities back universal use of water meters, full-cost accounting, and adequate revenue to allow full updating of equipment and processes.”
Environmentalists also support full-cost pricing. In August, a  WATER METER2coalition that included Ecojustice, Environmental Defence, Great Lakes United, and the Canadian Environmental Law Association issued a report urging the province to mandate meters and to encourage volume-based, full-cost pricing. The full-cost analysis, it added, should include source protection and water conservation.
Even consumers support higher prices. Nanos Research polled
Ontarians on the issue last spring, asking them how willing they would be to pay more for water if it improved the supply of clean water for 
Canadians and the environment. Nearly half (47 per cent) of the respondents were very or somewhat willing to pay more for water. Only 22 per cent were somewhat or very unwilling to pay more.

Despite this extraordinarily broad support, the provinces have waffled on pricing. In Ontario, the Sustainable Water and Sewage Systems Act, 2002, mandating provincially approved cost-recovery plans, has never been proclaimed. The more recent Financial Plans GORD MILLERRegulation is but a weak substitute that, according to Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller, “is unlikely to push most municipal systems towards achieving financial sustainability.”
There is reason for optimism. In their recent paper on safeguarding Ontario’s water resources, the Ministers of Environment and Natural Resources noted strong stakeholder support for metering and conservation-based pricing. In listing possible actions for their water strategy, they included requiring municipalities to have a pricing structure that charges all users the full cost of providing water and wastewater services. Full-cost pricing may at last be on its way, setting our water and wastewater utilities on the path to sustainability. 
~ Elizabeth Brubaker is the executive director of Environment Probe.

One alarming example of bacteria levels in water exceeding the recommended level – Hamilton, Ontario
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/alarming-bacteria-levels-in-major-hamilton-creek-1.1141484

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Related links:

http://www.esemag.com/archive/0903/challenges.html

http://publications.gc.ca/Collection-R/LoPBdP/BP/bp333-e.htm

 

 

Diana Nyad ~ “Never, ever give up!” ~ Remarkable!

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Diana Nyad is an American author, journalist, motivational speaker, and world record long-distance swimmer.  Nyad gained national attention in 1975 when she swam around Manhattan (28 mi or 45 km) and in 1979 when she swam from North BiminiThe Bahamas, to Juno Beach, Florida (102 mi (164 km)).  In 2013, on her fifth attempt and at age 64, she became the first person confirmed to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage, swimming from Havana to Key West (110 mi or 180 km).  

In the pitch-black night, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, singing to herself, hallucinating … Diana Nyad just kept on swimming. And that’s how she finally achieved her lifetime goal as an athlete: an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida – at age 64.

Diana refers to her experience as “awe inspiring” ~ Diana’s talk is inspiring – what a truly remarkable woman!

This amazing motivational video is sure to inspire everyone! 

With a brand new year just beginning perhaps these quotes from Diana will have you reaching for your star:

“You can chase your dreams at any age – you’re never too old!”

“When you achieve your dreams, it’s not so much what you get, as who you have become in achieving them.”

Canadian Tire Truck Made From Ice Travels 2.5 MILES!!!

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When I first looked at the above photo I thought that someone had sprayed water on this truck in extremely frigid weather so that it froze on contact ~ imagine my amazement to find out the following… be sure to watch the video and the behind the scene documentary – really interesting!

This article is from viralnova.com’s Jan.2, 2014 ~ 
“If I Saw This Truck Going Down The Road, I’d Do A Double Take… Because It’s Simply Unbelievable.”

Canadian Tire built a truck made of 11 000 pounds of ice to prove how reliable the MotoMaster Eliminator Ultra Automotive Battery with AGM Technology is in the middle of winter. The MotoMaster Eliminator Ultra Battery with AGM was frozen to – 40 degrees celsius before being used to start the Ice Truck. The Canadian Tire Ice Truck not only started with the frozen battery but drove Paul and his son to Hockey Practice.

A Canadian ice sculpture company called Iceculture took on an incredible challenge recently. The result is pretty much unbelievable.

Canadian Tire, a battery company, wanted to showcase just how well their batteries hold up in the cold. The best way to do that? Build an 11,000+ pound, fully functional and driveable ice truck.

Every part of the truck that is not absolutely necessary for driving is made of ice.
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It was built in extremely freezing temperatures.
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There’s 11,000 pounds of ice. The total weight is more than 15,000 pounds.
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The incredible “sculpture” was built on a 2005 Chevy Silverado frame.
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And the best part? They drove it.
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They drove it over 2.5 miles in total and submitted the feat to Guinness Book of World Records.
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As stated, the truck was created to demonstrate how well Canadian Tire’s batteries hold up in the blistering cold Canadian winters.
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The result was much more impressive than that.
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Even the windshield is made of ice. Phenomenal work.
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I guess the only depressing part to this is that they left it to melt after accomplishing what they wanted – that took 40 hours. I think, if I was capable of sculpting something like this, I would sadly watch it, drowning in my own sorrow… and cold water.

Youtube video published on Dec. 23, 2013 – ‘Hockey Practice – The Canadian Tire Ice Truck Commercial’

Behind the Scenes Documentary of the Canadian Tire Ice Truck (Winter 2013) ~ 


Learn More About the Ice Truck http://www.canadiantire.ca/icetruck

http://www.viralnova.com/ice-truck/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=aweber

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM RAINSOFT OTTAWA

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I am so impressed with the animation in this video I just have to share this with you (again for some).
Share with little ones in your lives and allow the ‘kid in you’ to enjoy as well.
Best viewed in full screen mode.
Enjoy!

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FRIDAY FUN ~ YOUR INSTANT VACATION

This is a repost of my July 13, 2012 blog.

Click here for more graphics and gifs!LAUGHTER IS AN INSTANT VACATION” MOVIE

FROM SIMPLE TRUTHS.COM

HUMOUROUS QUOTES ON LIFE

Did you know that recent studies say that we need at least 12 laughs per day to stay healthy? We at Rainsoft Ottawa want to do our part in boosting your health factor with this presentation – lots of Ha!Ha!Has! in store for you. Have fun with the ‘tickles to you funny bone’ and enjoy your armchair ‘stress free’ vacation with quotes in the video from famous celebrities.

Click here for more graphics and gifs!The following lists just a few of the famous people quoted in the book: Joey Bishop, Zaa Zaa Gabor, Roseanne Barr, Erma Bombeck, Phyllis Diller, W. C. Fields, Cary Grant, Jerome K. Jerome, Rita Rudner, Ben Franklin, Jackie Mason, Bob Thaves, Ashleigh Brilliant, Robert Orben, Tommy Cooper, Bill Cosby, Henny Youngman, Cathy Guisewite

Click here for more graphics and gifs!Comments from simpletruths.com site about the book, ‘Laughter is an Instant Vacation’ ~ “They say laughter is the best medicine. In fact, studies show that we need a minimum of 12 laughs a day…just to stay healthy. ‘Laughter is an Instant Vacation’ can deliver 250 of them. Paired with funny photos, these quotes are guaranteed to give you an attitude boost or provide a laugh when you need it most. So, put the fun back in your life with ‘Laughter is an Instant Vacation’…

Click here for more graphics and gifs!Knowing I won’t be disappointed with the content, I plan to order this book to keep handy on the coffee table for our daily chuckles ~ thanks to Simple Truths.

Click here for more graphics and gifs!As usual, I encourage you to share this video with your family, friends and co-workers.