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WATER POLLUTION THREAT TO CHINA’S POPULATION

Metro Basin Blues

Water pollution poses a real threat to china’s northern, urban population. Could constructed wetlands help? 

The following excerpts are taken from Water Canada Magazine, September/October publication.

Around the globe, there is concern about the effects of china’s rapid economic development on the air, land, water, and energy resources, as well as the ways that the country’s complex and sometimes less-than-efficient bureaucratic system may impact environmental policy implementation. the most serious of these challenges have been linked to the country’s declining water supply, which not only suffers from considerable pollutants, but also is insufficient for the country’s massive population and rapidly growing economy.  Water pollution is rampant nationwide, while water scarcity has worsened severely in north china. the problem is not only environmental— insufficient water is already limiting industrial and agricultural output in some areas. If solutions are not found and implemented, scarcity threatens to negatively impact china’s high economic growth rate and food production.

Treating China’s wastewater: Centralized wastewater treatment systems are the prevailing solution for water pollution control in many industrialized countries. to a large degree, this approach solves the problems of sanitation very efficiently. However, at the end of 2002, the official rate of municipal wastewater treatment in china was approximately 36.5 per cent, which is far from adequate given China’s serious water pollution.  Constructed wetlands (CWs) for wastewater treatment have great potential for application in china. the biogeochemical cycles of wetland plants can help transform and mineralized organic matter found in wastewater.  over the last 100 years, we’ve learned how these processes work, and recognized that many could be replicated with CWs. they’re now viewed as a viable treatment option for many different waste streams, including municipal, mining, dairy and wine-making. they’re also an attractive and stable alternative due to cost and energy savings. additionally, there are the advantages of multi-purpose reuse of the resulting high quality effluent, as well as self-remediation and self-adaptation to the surrounding conditions and environment.

Case study: Tianjin Airport Economic development Zone:  Two mega cities of china, Beijing and Tianjin, as well as the Hubei Provinces are within the region of the HaiHe river basin. the HaiHe river basin contains 10 per cent of the entire population of china, which is about 118 million people, as well as being the main source for providing fresh water to Beijing and Tianjin (Domagalski et al., 2001). this basin is facing a decrease in water levels during low precipitation leading to drought and water shortage during the dry season. It also faces serious contamination problem—the annual amount of wastewater discharged into the rivers is about four billion megagrams, and is also a major contributor to pollutant loadings in the nearby Bohai sea (Domagalski et al., 2001).

Located southeast of Beijing, Tianjin is the sixth-largest city in China (greater metropolitan population of 13,000,000). considered the economic hub of Tianjin, the Binhai new area is a new zone designated to host a number of key industrial zones, waterfront development areas, and commercial and residential properties, for nearly two million people. the region is a representation of china’s objective to modernize its coastal cities while promoting economic development.

Due to the severe impacts of urban development on water quality in Binhai new area, Tianjin, and the HaiHe river basin, the proposed solution is the implementation of two CWs at TaedZ. In collaboration with Tianjin University (TJU), Lindsay, Ontario’s Centre For Alternative Wastewater treatment at Fleming college (CAWT), Queen’s University in Kingston, and aqua treatment technologies, this location has been selected as a demonstration site for wetlands technology in a rapidly developing urban area, to address the issues of surface water degradation… China’s diverse climate and sources of wastewater allow for unique research conditions and a variety of parameters to be addressed simultaneously that would not be possible in another location.  In addition, China’s economic growth conditions add to the innovative nature of the project, and allow for new developments while taking into consideration social issues. after extensive applications in similar geographic and climatic regions in Canada such as the prairie region and southwestern Ontario, the technology may eventually benefit Canadian communities as well. 

Annie Chouinard is a graduate student in the department of civil engineering at Queen’s University.  She is conducting research in China at TJU.

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RAINSOFT OTTAWA, WATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS – BENEFITS PART 1

This topic is rather lengthy, therefore I’ve split it into two blogs.

 Rainsoft of Ottawa would like to recommend that you check out the benefits associated with Rainsoft Water Treatment systems – the world’s finest Whole House Water Treatment Systems.

 

Household Maintenance and Upgrading – Economic Benefits

– extends the life of the hot water tank by 50%
– extends the life of plumbing by 50%
– extends the life of appliances by 200%
– extends the life of faucets by 50%
– extends the life of clothing by 15%
– reduces the use of soap and soap products by 75%
– reduces the use of skin creams and oils by 75-100%
– prevents congestion of plumbing by 60-70%

Martin Barrett at Eternally Pure Water Systems (Rainsoft) wonders if you have any water problems and offers to come out and do a free water analysis.

 

For you reference I have included videos and links for information on our water treatment products in .pdf format. I’ve also added a few of the Google and HomeStars Reviews we’ve received from our customers:

IRON, SULPHUR AND MANGANESE FILTER/TREATMENT VIDEO – Martin Barrett, Eternally Pure Water Systems, Ottawa

Iron-Sulpher-ManganeesePDF

oxyTechPDF

Would recommend this system to anyone – Gatineau customer: I have this system for 11 years now. No regrets…..would not drink water if I did not have it……would recommend this system to anyone. I don’t regret for one minute buying a rain Soft System.

Service and Installation – The kind that is hard to find – Greely customer: Whether service or sales, Martin and his staff are always there to assist. Service is polite, quick, clean, helpful – even fixed a problem that was not the company’s issue without cost or complaint. Overall it has been an excellent relationship – inital setup, additional equipment and supply purchases. Something that is hard to find these days. Thank you Martin and David!

WATER SOFTENERS, EC4 & TC SERIES VIDEO – Martin Barrett, Eternally Pure Water Systems, Ottawa

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RAINSOFT TC WATER CONDITIONING SYSTEM_GIMPGoogle Review – Limoges customer: In Limoges and extremely happy with the results! Got only good things to say about Martin and Rainsoft of Ottawa! … we noticed that the water here was extremely hard. It was actually to the point that fixtures were getting etched, sediment clogging faucets and shower heads and well our skin was taking a beating as far as dryness goes! So after bringing a sample of water to Martin, he advised us of the hardness of the water and what solution he could provide. He not only recommended the equipment but also helped fit it into my budget. His installer was prompt and did a nice, clean and professional installation. Being that I was skeptical of how much of an impact the Rainsoft water softener would make, I took a shower that night with no expectations and I gotta tell ya, what a DIFFERENCE! The water was absolutely different and so much softer. I have a good friend that came for a visit from out of town and even he commented on how soft the water was compared to his own home. We have now had the system for a year and of course before I give a review, I like to test the product out thoroughly. Cost of ownership is not that much as far as replenishing the salt either! I always love coming home to shower after being out of town and staying at a hotel. So all in all, you can’t go wrong dealing with Martin! He is a professional and a straight shooter and makes sure his customers are taken care of. If you live in the Limoges area and don’t have one of these water softeners, you should contact Martin! No matter where we live, we will definitely be sure to have Rainsoft products in our home! Keep up the good work!

Excellent product! – Manotick customer:  We live in country and needed a water purification system. The sales rep was informative and helpful without being pushy. have had system for 3 years and am extremely satisfied.have recommended this product to others who are happy with results.
 

 

AIRMASTER – AIR TREATMENT VIDEO – Rainsoft

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We hope to see you back for Part 2 of Rainsoft Ottawa, Water Treatment Systems – Benefits.

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We’ll be more than happy to answer  your water related questions.

NUDIBRANCHS – “SAY WHAT?”

 I really don’t know what I’d do without my e-mail account.  I’ve just discovered interesting information that I’d like to share with you about another amazing colourful mollusc-like marine creature, known as a “nudibranch” (pronouced NEW-dih-bronk) 

“Just what are nudibranchs?”, you might ask.

The nudibranchs are ocean bottom-dwelling, shell-less mollusks featuring featherlike gills and horns mostly found on their backs and are part of the sea slug family. They are noted for their often extraordinary colors and striking forms.

Nudibranchs are usually oblong in shape and measure anywhere from ¼ inch to 12 inches.

Nudibranchs are carnivores that graze on corals, anemones, algae, barnacles and sponges. To identify prey, Two extremely sensitive tentacles (‘rhinophores’) on top of their heads help them locate their food sources., called rhinophores, located on top of their heads.

The colour of the nudibranchs is retained from the food they digest.  This colouring and poisons they keep from their prey help the nubdibranchs protect themselves from predators.

Nudibranchs lifespans vary with some living under a month, and others living up to one year.



Related links –

SMH article ‘Underwater Wonders on Mail Run’:

http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/underwater-wonders-on-mail-run-20120507-1y7vw.html

Aquatic Community.com:

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/sw/nudibranch.php

Article in National Geographic:

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/nudibranch/

 

STOP INTERNET CENSORSHIP/SAVE OUR INTERNET FREEDOM!!!

  STOP INTERNET CENSORSHIP!


HELP US SAVE OUR INTERNET FREEDOM!

Please join us and sign the petition at this site
http://www.avaaz.org/en/eu_save_the_internet_spread/?cdGJicb
with many thanks from your friends at Rainsoft Ottawa

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Censorship and internet have a hard time going together. Once something like this is in place where does it end….?

WATER SOFTENER (SERIES 4 of 4 BLOGS)

SOFTENERS MAINTENANCE (6.1 – 6.3) AND OPERATIONAL QUESTIONS (7.1 – 7.3)

 Lenntech. “Water Softener Frequently Asked Questions.” (June 13, 2011)

 http://www.lenntech.com/processes/softening/faq/water-softener-faq.htm

6. SOFTENERS MAINTENANCE

6.1 When does a softener resin need replacement?

When the water does not become soft enough, one should first consider problems with the salt that is used, or mechanical malfunctions of softener components. When these elements are not the cause of the unsatisfactory water softening, it may be time to replace the softener resin, or perhaps even the entire softener.

Through experience we know that most softener resins and ion exchanger resins last about twenty to twenty-five years.

6.2 Does a softener brine tank need cleaning?

Usually it is not necessary to clean out a brine tank, unless the salt product being used is high in water-insoluble matter, or there is a serious malfunction of some sort.

If there is a build-up of insoluble matter in the resin, the reservoir should be cleaned out to prevent softener malfunction.

6.3 What is ‘mushing’ and why should we avoid it?

When loosely compacted salt pellets or cube-style salt is used in a resin, it may form tiny crystals of evaporated salt, which are similar to table salt. These crystals may bond, creating a thick mass in the brine tank. This phenomenon, commonly known as ‘mushing’, may interrupt brine production. Brine production is the most important element for refreshing of the resin beads in a water softener. Without brine production, a water softener is not able produce soft water.

 7. SOFTENER OPERATIONAL QUESTIONS

7.1 Can brine from softeners damage a septic tank?

The Water Quality Association has performed studies on this subject. These studies have indicated that a properly placed septic tank that works adequately cannot be damaged by brine that is discharged from a water softener. And softened water can sometimes even help reduce the amount of detergents discharged into a septic tank.

7.2 Can a water softener be used with lead pipes?

Lead pipe systems have to be replaced, before softened water can flow through them. Although lead pipe systems in hard water areas may not cause a problem, it is advisable to replace them anyway. When naturally or artificially softened water ends up in these lead pipe systems, it may cause the pickup of lead.

7.3 Can one measure water hardness inline?

Yes, although the measurement system is mainly applied in industrial water softeners.

The Testomat inline water hardness instrument…

WATER SOFTENERS (SERIES 3 of 4 BLOGS)

SOFTENING DRINKING WATER (5.1 – 5.5)

Lenntech. “Water Softener Frequently Asked Questions.” (June 13, 2011)

http://www.lenntech.com/processes/softening/faq/water-softener-faq.htm

5. SOFTENING DRINKING WATER

5.1 Do water-producing companies always produce softened water?

Although water-producing companies do have the opportunity to produce softened water, they will not always do so. A water producing company only has to add a water softener in its water purification system, to produce softened water cheaply.

But then consumers would not be able to have the choice to drink un-softened water.

Hard water problems are most likely to occur when water is heated. As a result, hard water causes few problems to the water supplying companies, especially when only cold water runs through their pipes.

5.2 Is softened water safe to drink?

Softened water still contains all the natural minerals that we need. It is only deprived off its calcium and magnesium contents, and some sodium is added during the softening process. That is why in most cases, softened water is perfectly safe to drink. It is advisable that softened water contains only up to 300mg/L of sodium.

In areas with very high hardness the softened water must not be used for the preparation of baby-milk, due to the high sodium content after the softening process has been carried out.

5.3 Can salt from softening installations enter drinking water?

Salt does not have the opportunity to enter drinking water through softening installations.

The only purpose of salt in a water softener is to regenerate the resin beads that take the hardness out of water.

5.4 How much sodium does one absorb from softened water?

The sodium uptake through softened water depends on the hardness of the water. Averagely, less than 3% sodium uptake comes from drinking softened water.

Estimates say that a person consumes about two to three teaspoons of salt a day, from various sources. Assuming a daily intake of five grams of sodium through food and the consumption of three quarts of water, the contribution of sodium (Na+) in the water from the home water softening process, is minimal compared to the total daily intake of many sodium-rich foods.

5.5 Will softening drinking water deprive it of essential minerals?

Softening will not deprive water of its essential minerals. Softening only deprives drinking water of minerals that cause the water to be hard, such as calcium, magnesium and iron.

WHY I LOVE MY RAINSOFT WATER!

SAVES MONEY: RainSoft water PROTECTS my budget
1. Saves on soap products – requires less soap and allow use of affordable pure soaps
2. Saves on water – eliminates the need for bottled water and expensive, cumbersome filters
3. Saves on appliances & plumbing – my water appliances last longer; my water heater is more efficient
4. Saves on clothing – my clothes last longer and are easier to care for
5. Saves on beverages – I use less coffee, tea, Kool-aid and juices

HEALTHIER: RainSoft water DEFENDS my health
6. Reduces harsh chemicals such as chlorine from my household water
7. Drinking water filters can help eliminate unwanted impurities from drinking & cooking water
8. Clean water improves the flavor, health and appearance of foods and beverages
9. Clean water carries nutrients and disease – fighting antibodies to my body;
helps me control my weight

CLEANER: RainSoft water is a POWERFUL cleaning agent
10. Cleaner, softer, healthier skin – reduces need for lotions and medications
11. Shinier, easier-to-manage hair – reduces need for conditioners and expensive shampoos
12. Cleaner, softer clothers – no need for harsh chemicals that clog my machine and make me itch
13. Cleaner home and environment – no hard-water spots on mirrors L& glasses; less harsh cleaners
14. Dramatically easier cleaning – reduced soap-scum on shower walls, curtains, tubs & sinks

PROTECTS PLUMBING:  RainSoft water SAFEGUARDS my plumbing and appliances
15. Cleaner, longer lasting appliances, piping, and fixtures
16. Reduces clogging and calcium deposits in washing machines, dishwasher, water heaters, coffee makers, faucets, fixtures, garbage disposals, shower heads, toilets, lavatories, tubs, etc.

BETTER FOR CLOTHING:  RainSoft water PRESERVES my clothing, cheaply
17. Cleaner – I no longer need harsh detergents that make me itch
18. Softer – my clothes are softer and more comfortable to wear – no expensive fabric softeners
19. Longer-lasting – heavy cycles and harsh chemical detergents won’t break down fabrics

SAVES TIME AND ENERGY:  RainSoft water SAVES on housekeeping drudgery
20. Saves Time – I spend one-third less time for cleaning chores
21. Saves Energy & Consumables – I use less soap and hot water
22. Saves Effort – I no longer buy or carry heavy, inconvenient water bottles; I do less scrubbing

MAKES A GREAT INVESTMENT:
23. The wisest household investment of all – I am putting my money back into my home and family
24. Highest yield – I get a better financial return than on any other household investment I make.

QUALITY WATER FROM QUALITY PEOPLE:
25. I’ve received a magnificent value, a fabulous warranty, an ethical sales presentation, a professional installation, and impeccable service … for a lifetime!

RainSoft of Ottawa – Eternally Pure Water Systems, Inc

-5 Time Winner of Gold Consumers Choice Award

– A+ Rating Honour Roll Status with the Better Business Bureau