Fresh Water Aquifer found

Well here is for some good news for humanity:

Scientists have made a surprising discovery off the U.S. Northeast coast: a gigantic aquifer of relatively fresh water trapped in porous sediments lying below the salty ocean. It appears to be the largest such formation yet found in the world.

fresh water aquifer

Scientists have identified signs of a huge aquifer off the U.S. Northeast (hatched area). Solid yellow or white lines with triangles show ship tracks. Dotted white line near shore shows edge of the glacial ice sheet that melted about 15,000 years ago. Further out, dark blue, the continental shelf drops off into the Atlantic abyss. (Adapted from Gustafson et al., 2019)

The aquifer stretches from the shore at least from Massachusetts to New Jersey, extending more or less continuously out about 50 miles to the edge of the continental shelf. If found on the surface, it would create a lake covering some 15,000 square miles. The study suggests that such aquifers probably lie off many other coasts worldwide, and could provide desperately needed water for arid areas that are now in danger of running out.

If it can be shown that there are large aquifers in other regions, it might potentially represent a resource in places like southern California, Australia, the Mideast or Saharan Africa.

Please read full story by Kevin Krajick published in Water Online on June 20, 2019 here. Source: Columbia University

 

Drought Level 3

Level 3 drought declared

Below-normal stream flows and signs of drought in smaller streams have caused British Columbia to declare a Level 3 drought rating for the Fort Nelson area and for Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

What actually means ‘Level 3 Drought’?

Level 3 drought conditions call for voluntary water-use reductions from all surface water and groundwater users. This applies to residents, industry, farmers, and municipalities.

What happens if it doesn’t get better (or if it doesn’t rain which is very unlikely)?

If voluntary reductions of water use do not maintain flows above critical levels, the province may consider regulating water usage under the Water Sustainability Act. Specific actions could include temporarily suspending water licences or short-term water approvals to restore flows to minimum critical levels in the affected streams.

Please read full article by Todd Westcott in Water Canada on June 10, 2019

 

Ready to go to Galiano Island for Cistern Cleaning
Ready to go to Galiano Island for Cistern Cleaning

Now Servicing all Gulf Islands with our unique cistern cleaning method

Your wait is finally over!

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Now offering cistern cleaning services to more areas

To those Gulf Islanders who have asked ‘When can you come and clean our water cistern?’ we are happy to announce to have Good News! We have secured boat transportation and can now offer our Environmental Cistern Cleaning service on all the Gulf Islands including:

  • Ruxton
  • Valdes
  • Mudge
  • De Courcy
  • Thetis
  • Kuper
  • Galiano
  • Prevost
  • Mayne
  • North and South Pender
  • Saturna
  • Portland
  • Moresby
  • James
  • Sidney (and of course Gabriola…where Environmental Cistern Cleaning began over 6 years ago) as well as the islands that we previously serviced like Vancouver Island, Saltspring, Denman & Hornby.

Taking advantage of our unique cistern cleaning system allows homeowners to have water cisterns and water storage tanks cleaned in an Environmentally safe and beneficial way.

We are the Environmental Solution to Cistern and Water Tank Cleaning.

No chemicals are used in our cleaning process, no confined space entry into the cistern and most importantly no dumping of all your precious water…AND then having to refill the cistern again! Our method is less costly, faster, and – there is no interruption in your water service – you could even be showering while we clean!

When cleaning your cistern, it also makes total sense to disinfect at the same time. We use Hydrogen Peroxide for disinfection. Being a “contact sterilant”, HP is considered a water disinfection “standard” in many countries. Hydrogen Peroxide has none of the negative side effects in comparison to many alternative disinfectants. For more information, please go to our website https://cleancistern.com/news/ and search for hydrogen peroxide to find many posts.

Visit our website and book your cleaning now https://cleancistern.com/bookings/ and get ready to enjoy great tasting water from a clean cistern!

Internet not your thing? then call us at 250-247-9797, and we’ll advise, and answer all your questions!

How to clean your washing machine

cleaning serviceNow we know this is not the kind of post you might be used to seeing on our site, but we thought it rather interesting and it does talk about 2 areas we are completely into: water & cleaning. We also really like hydrogen peroxide, and you guessed correctly: one of the methods of cleaning and disinfecting your washing machine does involve the use of hydrogen peroxide.

Mind you the hydrogen peroxide we use to clean & disinfect your cistern is not the same kind you would get in a your drug or hardware store (there you typically get 2% or 3%). We utilize either 29% (technical grade) or 35% (food grade).

And now with no further adieu, an article by D L Mitchell, posted on March 19, 2019 on dengarden.com:

How to Clean and Sanitize Your Washing Machine Inside and Out

If this article got you all inspired to get all those areas of your home in tip-top-shape that have to do with water (like your water storage unit, called cistern) please don’t try to clean it yourself. There are professionals who do that without going inside the cistern… you guessed correctly again: give us – Environmental Cistern Cleaning – a call at 250-247-9797 – we’d love to help you with that.

 

Failed Well Water Tests

Bacterial Water Quality in Canada

The Droplet posted an interesting article about Bacterial Water Quality in Canada and failed well water tests today. The article is from VIQUA, the world’s leading supplier of residential and light commercial UV water disinfection systems as per their website (who want to sell their UV systems of course). The report is already 6 years old (and I am wondering how things are now), but I thought it was interested to see that BC was in 9th place, indicating low levels of failed water tests.

You can read the full article here:

Back in December of 2018, we posted another article about what to do with you UV system if you go away, which you may want to read up on while we’re on the subject.

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