A non-partisan, neutral perspective supporting diversity in the color of water

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Serious Gaming in Water, Redux


Two of my students and I published a much more thorough discussion and reviews on Serious Gaming in Water in mediate.com. Check it out here.
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“One of the most difficult tasks men can perform, 
however much others may despise it, is the invention of good games.” 
~ C.G. Jung

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Rainbow Popsicle Dreams

Dreampediathe Wikipedia of dream interpretations, suggests that if one sees a popsicle in their dream, it "...foretells pleasure and satisfaction with life." So imagine the nightmares associated with "polluted pops" derived from polluted water sources around Taiwan. Thanks to *gorgegoddess* for the heads up on this Los Angeles Times article on *Wastewater on a stick*.
Taiwan grapples with tainted water because of industrial waste, farm runoff, lack of sewer systems and illegal trash disposal, environmental groups say. Wastewater diversion pipes were installed at just 30% of Taiwan’s river basins as of December, the government’s Environmental Protection Administration says.

The students spent more than $3,000 of their own money and two months traveling around Taiwan scooping up water samples that they then took back to campus for freezing and mounting on wooden sticks.
What better way to celebrate the diversity in the color of water!
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There's blood, a taste I remember. 
It tastes of orange popsicles, penny gumballs, 
red licorice, gnawed hair, dirty ice.
~Margaret Eleanor Atwood, Canadian poet, novelist, 
literary critic, essayist, environmental activist and inventor. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Greywater Under Glass

Architectural design magazine Dezeen is a fun resource for greywater gadgetry and related tiny house information. This article on Drop by Drop - a new greywater treatment system that yields drinking water quality water is novel, but probably not big enough to catch the eyes of *bigly* water purveyors like the Metropolitan Water District in southern California.

Drop by Drop houses plants under a glass dome. Pipes allow water to be added in to be purified, and later collected. The system is designed for grey water – which comes from washing machines, sinks and baths.
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“Doesn’t matter if the glass is half-empty or half-full. 
All that matters is that you are the one pouring the water.”
~ Mark Cuban

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Greywater Guppies

No, not the green leaning *yuppies* or *Guppies* from days of yore as described in this 2010 posting, but rather a new mountaineering gadget to combat plastics in the environment.

This article in the Irish Examiner - Not long before plastic pollution is impacting human health - describes a projection that "If we continue dumping our plastic waste in the sea at current levels, the ocean will contain more plastic than fish by 2050"...and..."The MacArthur Foundation estimates there are more than 5 trillion pieces of microplastic in our oceans, and we continue to dump 8 million tonnes into the sea each year — the equivalent of one rubbish truck-full per minute."

And the connection to greywater? 

"Microbeads may be hogging the headlines, but they account for a relatively small percentage of microplastic pollution, with far more — like the aforementioned microfibers — coming from the washing of synthetic clothes, a source first highlighted by Irish biologist Dr Mark Browne in 2011.

We know that around 1,400 microplastic fibres, on average, are released into your grey water if you wash something,” states Annemarie Mahon.


This is big news, and caught the attention of synthetic clothes maker - Patagonia - who sponsored this project completed by the University of California Santa Barbara Bren School Environmental Science & Management.

The Bren School study showed that a city of 100,000 people are capable of releasing up to 110 kg of microfibers each day into the environment through washing, a number equivalent to 12,000-15,000 plastic bags being dumped into our waterways.

The Bren School developed a website to report the findings, and Patagonia also developed the The Cleanest Line blog with updates on Microfiber pollution.

So, what is a synthetic fiber clad *Guppie* to do?

Enter the Guppy Friend!

Patagonia is apparently offering customers in the United States and Europe an inexpensive new hand- and machine-washing bag that acts as a microfiber filter between your synthetic clothing and the drain. The Guppy Friend apparently will be sold (at cost) in Patagonia retail stores and online throughout the United States and Europe. In Patagonia’s internal testing, its use resulted in a significant reduction in microfiber mass making its way into the wastewater stream.
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"What's your road, man? – holyboy road, madman road, rainbow road, guppy road, any road. It's an anywhere road for anybody anyhow."
~Author Jack Kerouac