Category Archive: Water

Lead in Drinking Water: Bigger Problem than Ever Imagined

Lead in Drinking Water:  Bigger Problem than Ever Imagined A recent report reveals that around 5300 municipal drinking water systems across the country are tainted with lead that exceeds safe drinking standards.  Consequently, the problem in Flint, Michigan is just a drop in the bucket when compared to the ramifications of this report.  Not only …

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How to Build a Self-Watering Tomato Planting System

How to Build a Self-Watering Tomato Planting System Tomatoes are one of those plants that can be grown almost anywhere and under different conditions, including planters.  You can take this to a whole new level of convenience and flexibility by creating a planter that is also self-watering.  Not only will this save you time and …

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Top Poisonous and Venomous Fish to Avoid

Top Poisonous and Venomous Fish to Avoid We often don’t think of fish as being toxic to humans,  but there are a handful of species that can inflict serious pain or inject a fatal dose of venom.  Fortunately, incidences of attacks by toxic fish are not as common as jellyfish stings, but they do happen.  …

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How to Build a Simple Rainwater Collector Without Gutters

How to Build a Simple Rainwater Collector Without Gutters Most rainwater collection projects can help to enhance water storage capabilities, but they also require the use of gutters or downspouts.  For those who don’t have them on their structure, there is an alternative that can be just as beneficial.  Let’s take a look at a …

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How to Make a Salt Water Distiller out of Cans

How to Make a Salt Water Distiller out of Cans There are lots of ways to make rudimentary distillation machines out of common household items.  However, most projects involve setting them up in fixed locations and using large containers.  Let’s take a look at how to apply similar principles to a more portable option.  This …

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Top Environmental Toxins the Government Downplays

Top Environmental Toxins the Government Downplays The EPA is in charge of keeping our air and water clean, and they do so by establishing guidelines and regulations.  However, these regulations do not eliminate toxins from our environment.  Rather, they are there to give us the impression that we are safe, and that the contaminants we …

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Toxins in Fish and How to Minimize Exposure

Toxins in Fish and How to Minimize Exposure Much of the pollution that we generate either soaks into our groundwater supply or finds its way to the ocean.  Unfortunately, both of these destinations are sources of water, food and nutrients for almost every type of fish or marine life that we eat.  While the problem …

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Make a Backpacking Checklist Before Heading Out

Make a Backpacking Checklist Before Heading Out Even the most experienced backpackers can forget essential items as they are preparing for their next trip.  You should always have a checklist handy and frequently update it in order ensure that you are not leaving anything behind.  As we get into the heart of this year’s hiking …

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Practical Uses for 5 Gallon Buckets

Practical Uses for 5 Gallon Buckets 5 gallon buckets are everywhere, and their practical uses are limitless.  This makes them essential items to have on hand, and you can never have too many.  Let’s take a look at a few examples of ways that you can use them in everyday as well as survival situations. …

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Practical and Simple Things You Can do to Cool Off

Practical and Simple Things You Can do to Cool Off We often talk about the importance of being hydrated and staying cool during high-heat survival situations.  However, it’s also important to find ways to keep cool throughout the course of everyday life as well.  Let’s look at some simple things that we can all do …

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