A Review of the Hydro Blu Go Flow 10L Water Gravity Bag with Versa Filter

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Water filters are plentiful. Hydro Blu is one of the newer players in the market. The company was founded and based in Utah. The owners are outdoor enthusiasts that wanted to make filters that were affordable and practical. If you want to buy a Hydro Blu you can do so directly through their website here.. . . Read More

A Review Of The Survival Filter Pro

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Survival Filter Pro offers outstanding 0.001 micron filtration for under $60. The makers of this filter are dedicated to offering affordable outstanding water filtration capabilities to anyone around the world. Special Discount: If you use code BDSURVIVAL15 and take 15% off of your entire order at SurvivorFilter.com The Design The design of this filter has a. . . Read More

Living Off Grid. Rainwater Collection & Storage.

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We have 4 rainwater tanks for the main house (Linstock), the main house garden & the main house outside laundry. The same 5000 gallon tank that feeds the outside laundry also feeds Elm Cottage via a 12 volt pump under the cottage. Both houses are solar powered.
 The lower cement 5000 gallon water tank is fed from the roof of the main house via down pipes from both the front & the rear of the house. The water from this lower tank is then pumped up to the higher tank which gravity feeds the main house.

 This pump is also a fire pump, it draws water from the stop cock on the side of the lower tank & pumps it up to the higher tank via a pipe that runs underground.

 This image shows the two “first flush” pipes on the lower tank. Any dirt on the roof or in the gutters is washed into these two pipes. When full, a ball float in the pipe rises to the top closing off these tow pipes & allows the rest of the water to flow into the tank. Over time, the water in these pipes is supposed to slowly run out via the hoses at the bottom, but invariably the small hole blocks with dirt, so every now & then I remove the bottom of the pipes, drain & wash out the filters.

The garden tank was placed on higher ground to the level of the garden so it would gravity feed better, but this meant that it was too far away from the house to use an overhead down pipe to fill it from the roof at the end of the house. So I run the down pipe underground then back up into the top of the tank.

This is the new 5000 gallon poly tank that feeds the outside laundry, & Elm Cottage. This tank is fed from the roof of Elm Cottage, but the ground close to the cottage was too soft to provide a firm base for the tank, so we placed it on higher ground. Again this meant that the tank was too far away to use overhead down pipes, so again the pipe to the tank from the cottage roof was placed underground then back up & into the top of the tank. The other pipe you can see is an overflow pipe which I have run into a water butt.
Cattail Pond is actually a dam we had put in to collect & store more water from the header stream in Butterfly Valley. It also enables us to keep fish for food. Cattail Pond feeds the gardens at both houses via another fire pump at the side of the dam.

Hydro Blu Water Filtration Review: Fantastic solutions for clean, drinkable water anywhere you are

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Hydro Blu makes water filtration systems for preppers, backpackers, off-gridders, campers, and everyday use, and they sent their entire water filtration line-up for me to test and review. They included: The Sidekick 3-Stage Water Filter, an ultra-light straw-type filter The Clear Flow Water Bottle, a water bottle with a filter integrated with the cap The. . . Read More

MSR Sweetwater Review: A Good All Purpose Filter?

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The Sweetwater is a good all purpose filter for those concerned about protozoa and bacteria but its filtration factor provides no protection against viruses so this is not a filter that you want to use in some situations such as foreign missions. You can purchase drops to add to eliminate viruses. These are described further. . . Read More

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The Ultimate Guide To The Best Survival Water Filters

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Water filtration is one of the most if not the most important part of any survival plan. You can do for a while without a lot of things but water is not on the list. There are a lot of filters out there to choose from and I will say right now that no filter. . . Read More

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Katadyn Pocket Review: Hands On with this Premium Portable Survival Water Filter

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Katadyn Pocket Water Filter Review

The Katadyn Pocket is a premium water filter that has what it takes to get you and your family through a long emergency or crisis. When you first pick up this filter you will notice that it is made of some sturdy and premium components. The pump mechanism is high grade stainless steel and provides. . . Read More

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38 Over The Counter Medications & Supplements You Should Have On Hand

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Do you have these essential over the counter medications and supplements on hand at all times? If not, you should.

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15 Simple Gardening Hacks You Probably Didn’t Know About

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15 Simple Gardening Hacks You Probably Didn’t Know About

With the weather getting warmer, spring is the perfect time to start planting flowers, vegetables, herbs, and more!

In this post you’ll find 15 useful tips & tricks to make growing vegetables and gardening easier and more fun. Whether you are new to gardening or have a wealth of experience, you are guaranteed to learn something new.

1. Sprinkle Eggshells Around Your Plants


                                                                           via Seeds Now

Eggshells provide a rich source of calcium and also deter slugs & snails without the need for chemicals.

2. Use Toilet Paper Tubes As Starter Pots


                                                              via Dunster House

They are a great way to re-use something you would have thrown away and can be put directly into the soil.

3. Sprinkle Cinnamon On The Soil Surface


                                                              via The Rusted Garden

Cinnamon get’s rid of molds and mildew in house plants.

4. Upcycle A Milk Jug Into A Watering Can


                                                   via A Journey to a Dream

Wash the bottle, poke some holes in the lid, and you have a quick watering can to sprinkle both indoor and outdoor plants.

5. Use Coffee Grounds In The Garden


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Coffee grounds contain nitrogen, tannic acids and other nutrients that promote healthy plant growth.

6. Reuse Empty Wine Bottles As A Gradual Water Supply For Your Plants


                                                                via The Greenists

This is such a great solution for watering a container garden.

7. Coffee Filters Make Good Pot Liners


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Put a paper coffee filter on the bottom of the plant pot to keep the soil from leaking out of the drainage holes.

8. Use A Hanging Shoe Rack To Plant Herbs In


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Perfect for a small garden, terrace or balcony.

9. Make An Automatic Water Supply


                                                                     via Lifehacker

If you’re going away for a few days, you can actually keep your plants alive with some paper towels and a glass of water.

10. Prevent Animals From Getting Into Your Garden


                                                                 via Woulda Shoulda

Place plastic forks in your garden to keep the animals from pooping on you fresh herbs, fruits and veggies.

11. Create A Mini Greenhouse


                                                        via Whole Lifestyle Nutrition

Protect your seedlings from frost or pest by creating a greenhouse using the top of a milk jug.

12. Put Diapers In The Bottom Of The Pot To Keep The Soil Moist For Days


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Just make sure you lay them absorbent side up.

13. Broken Pot Plant Markers


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Save your broken clay pots and use the broken pieces as markers.

14. Seed Organization


via Fresh Eggs Daily

Organize your seeds using a basic photo album.

15. Use Vegetable Cooking Water to Fertilize Plants


The next time you boil or steam some vegetables, don’t pour the water down the drain. It is full of nutrients and when cooled, makes a free fertiliser for watering your plants.



Source : yourhouseandgarden.com

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6 Million Americans Are Drinking This Toxic Chemical and Don’t Know It

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tap waterFor the developed world, clean drinking water is taken for granted. It’s one of the first things that a society has to figure out how to provide on wide scale, before it can be considered modern. However, just because the water that flows through your taps is free of dangerous microorganisms, doesn’t necessarily mean that your water is clean. If anything, it seems like the modern world has traded “water filled with bacteria” for “water filled with strange chemicals and heavy metals.”

Here in the US, the public is starting to realize that their tap water isn’t nearly as pure as they thought it was. We know that in some parts of the country there is Uranium in the water, and in other parts, pharmaceuticals are often found in the taps. And after the Flint water crisis made the news, we learned that lead is much more pervasive in our water supply than any of us could have imagined.

And now you can add polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl (also known as PFASs) to the long list of crazy stuff in our water supply. These carcinogenic chemicals can interfere with your body’s immune system, disrupt your hormones, and can cause obesity. They’ve been around for about 60 years, and once they get in the water supply they’re nearly impossible to remove. And according to a recent study conducted by Harvard researchers, PFASs are all over the place now.

The study found that PFASs were detectable at the minimum reporting levels required by the EPA in 194 out of 4,864 water supplies in 33 states across the U.S.

Drinking water from 13 states accounted for 75 percent of the unsafe supply, led by California, New Jersey, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Georgia, Minnesota, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Illinois.

Sixty-six of the public water supplies examined, serving six million people, had at least one water sample that measured at or above what the EPA considers safe for human consumption.

The highest levels of PFASs were detected near industrial sites, military bases, and wastewater treatment plants—all places where these chemicals may be used or found.

And there may be far more than 6 million people being exposed to these chemicals on a regular basis. This study only looked at small public water systems and a few private wells, which only accounted for the water supply of about 100 million Americans.

If you wondering if this problem will be taken care of in the near future, don’t hold your breath. There’s a reason why so many toxic substances are in our water in the first place. Either nobody knows how to filter them out (which is the case with PFASs), or the local governments that manage the water don’t have enough resources to prevent the contamination, or clean the water. Every day our public water supplies are turning more and more into toxic soup, and there isn’t a whole lot we can do about it.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

Joshua’s website is Strange Danger

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Unlimited Urban Clean Drinking Water Supply

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gobkitWater – We need it to survive, in fact the human body can only survive about three days without water. We are all accustom to having clean water available to us at any time just by turning on the tap and getting our supply from municipal water sources. What if those sources become contaminated? We […]

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National Grid fined $3m for allowing boy’s death

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Sad death of lad who was playing in unprotected land owned by National Grid

Robbie – much missed

UK Utility company National Grid has been fined $3m (£2m) after safety failings caused a young boy’s canal death. National Grid owns a huge swathe of Utilities in the North Eastern United States as well as running UK electricity and water infrastructure.

Robbie Williamson, 11, from Burnley in Northern England, died while playing with friends April 2014. The schoolboy fell from an exposed pipeline he was using to cross the Leeds and Liverpool canal, into the water below. National Grid said, adding: “We put guards in place on the gas pipe shortly after the accident and also on other similar crossings throughout our network too.

“We contacted other utility companies to make sure they were aware of what had happened so that they could take action as well.”

Little Robbie was pulled out of the water by neighbour Peter Graham – a former Royal Artillery soldier – and rushed to Royal Blackburn hospital. He died later that day.

National Grid Gas PLC was ordered to pay a seven-figure sum after admitting at Preston crown court it had failed to properly protect the exposed pipeline from the risk of injury from falls.

Judge Mark Brown, sentencing, said the exposed pipe, 3m (9ft 8in) above the water over a concrete surface, was “an accident waiting to happen.”

Brown said: “The pipeline was likely to have been attraction to young boys such as Robbie and was likely to be dangerous when it was wet and slippery.” National Grid did nothing to prevent or deter access onto it, the judge said.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the terrible and tragic death of Robbie has had a deeply profound affect on his parents. There can not be anything worse in life than for a parent to lose their child at such a very young age,” Brown said.

National Grid pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Three boys were able to climb onto the 12in-diameter pipe from a ramped footpath because there had been no access prevention measures fitted. The company was ordered to pay £36,102.90 in costs.

The court had heard at first that National Grid Gas had a procedure for inspecting ground pipe crossings and requirements to block access to the structures. Yet records claimed that the pipe was buried in the bridge structure instead of being exposed – causing inspectors to miss the site and no access prevention measures to be fitted, such as steel “fans”.

Only maintenance work had been carried out on the pipe, in place alongside the bridge since 1903, but records had not been updated. Measures have since been put in place on the site to block access to the pipes.

National Grid said in a statement: “We’re deeply sorry for what happened to Robbie Williamson.”

The schoolboy’s father, Dean Williamson, 38, told The Lancashire Telegraph the loss of his son had had a devastating affect on the family. In a victim impact statement read to court, he said: “Christmas is a difficult time.

“People in the community talk about Robbie. I didn’t realise how many people knew him and loved him. I can’t face talking about what has happened – this tragic accident has changed our lives for ever.”

Ian Redshaw, an inspector at Health and Safety Executive, the regulators, said after the hearing: “This was a tragic accident which has had a devastating impact on Robbie’s family and friends.

“The company failed to assess the risks associated with this pipe to members of the public, and as a result they had not put in place any measures to prevent or deter access onto the pipe. This was a significant cause in Robbie’s death,” he added.

The health and safety inspector said there are hundreds of pipe crossings. In 2001 there was a case involving Yorkshire Water, in which a boy crossing a pipe broke a limb.

A company spokesman for National Grid said the expectation was that such pipes were guarded to prevent such accidents happening in residential locations where there are many people in the area.

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Boil Water Alert

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bwaA boil water alert means that you should not consume water from your normal municipal water source until you boil it to a rolling boil for at least a minute. Consume means, drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, washing dishes and pet bowls. Without water you and I as humans won’t last much longer than three days. […]

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Simple Rain Water Catchment System

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waterbarrelsNext to air, water is the most important thing you need to sustain life. You can only live about three days without water. Regardless of the area you are in, it is always a good idea to some water stored water or better yet a source of continuous water such as a well, stream, pond, […]

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Preparing For A Water Main Break

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wmbWater, you turn on the faucet, water comes out, every time….until it doesn’t.  We take it for granted that the water will always come out of the faucet when we turn the knob or lift the handle.  Well, this last weekend, that wasn’t the case for my household. On the weekend I like to sleep […]

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