Everyone Should Get Involved in The Problem

Highschool Student Wins an Essay Competition – Receives Water Softener

Lara McCartney, a second-year high school student, won the prize for the best essay that was titled “Clean Water For Everyone” and the price was – Water softener for the entire house she lives in. The essay was so good, she had to read the piece in front of the entire school and three more schools in her county. At the end of the day, however, her parents were the proudest because the prize affected their quality of life too.

Highschool Student Wins an Essay Competition

The high school that organized the competition and funded the prize is facing serious drinking water problems. The water in the entire school is not drinkable and all students must carry bottled water with them instead of using the tap water. Some areas around the country are facing serious drinking water problems because the old pipes that were installed almost a century ago are contaminating the water going through them.

The school just like many other public buildings in the area need to install water filtering stations and water softeners so they can use the tap water. With this action, they are trying to raise awareness for the problem they all have. All the students that took part in the competition got water filter pitchers and the first prize winner, miss Lara McCartney, won a full house water filter softener. This means the system will allow her and her family to drink water directly from the faucet anywhere in their house.

“No more buying huge bottles of plastic any more thanks to my beautiful daughter Lisa. We used to spend a fortune on water. Not anymore. Everyone should know how dangerous it is to drink this water of ours. If there is someone else still drinking tap water, I urge them to stop” – says Ron, Lisa’s father.

Everyone Should Get Involved in The Problem

Everyone Should Get Involved in The ProblemLocal businesses and organizations also take part in solving this problem. The real solution is getting new pipes and big filtering stations that will be of use for the whole area, but since this is not possible, local people gather to raise money and do as much as they can. Organizations are asking for donations and companies are giving donations in order to make the best of the problem. People that can’t afford water filtration systems are getting help in means of water filter pitchers.

The real solution, however, is installing filtration stations that will provide clean drinking water for more homes at once. This is more expensive, of course, and that’s why it is a more complex solution.

There are more filtration options for city officials to take in consideration and solve this problem. Since this is not happening, people must find their own solution by using these methods.

Cities Are Not The Only Ones Contaminated

Explaining the problem of the city’s drinking water problem makes you think that the problem exists only in an urban area. This is not completely true. It is true that cities use a lot more water than rural areas, but they both have the same problem when it comes to drinkable and clean water.

Rural areas use natural water sources that have no filtration whatsoever. The common idea is that this water was not contaminated since it’s coming from deep underground. This is completely not true. You simply can’t see where this water went underground and what it contains inside.

It is a common thought that mountain springs and water coming from the mountains are cleaner than the one in the fields. This is partially true but no one can be certain of it until the water is tested. Even mountain springs have bacteria that is dangerous in them and often send and dirt can be found in it. Bacteria needs so little to survive in almost all conditions and you can never be sure what you can find in natural water springs.

That’s why it’s best to always and everywhere have water filter pitchers with you and run the water through it. This way you’ll be certain that you’re drinking high-quality H2O without any bacteria, viruses or anything that can harm your health.

Conclusion

Being aware of the problem we all face is the first step towards solving it. Some parts of the world have much more serious problems by not having any drinking water systems. We, people of the modern world have all the benefits of it and still ignore the fact that the water we drink is dangerous for our health. Embracing technology and investing a little for getting purified clean drinking water is the least we can do for ourselves.


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Local Authorities Thinking of Restricting The Use of Woodstoves

great smogHave you heard of the great smog of London from 1952? In this disaster that lasted 4 days died more than 4.000 people and over 100.000 got diseases as a direct fault from the smog. What happened is that people using coal stoves, polluted the air so much that 4.000 people died. There was simply no wind in London to disperse the giant cloud and people suffocated.

The coal stoves produce smoke that is very dangerous for people’s respiratory system. The wood is pretty similar, just not as dangerous as the coal smoke. However, around the world wood stoves are widely used, and coal stoves not so much because of the danger they produce. People love these stoves because the heat they produce is great and coal and wood are very affordable.

Even though they are very affordable, the authorities are thinking about completely banning their use. The dangers that come from them are enormous and it turns out they cause more damage than good for everyone. If you never heard about the dangers that woodstoves can cause, here’s a short list where you can learn all about it.

Environmental Dangers

dangerous of wood stovesAs we already mentioned, woodstoves produce a lot of smoke. This smoke is getting out of the home’s chimneys and disperses everywhere around the neighborhood. The problem with the smoke is not just that it pollutes the fresh breathable air. The problem is much greater. The smoke in itself contains many microscopic particles that are very dangerous for people’s organisms. These particles cause cancer and are a very big health problem. You won’t feel the problem right away but chances are great that after constant breathing contaminated air from woodstoves you’ll get cancer.

Another reason why the smoke of woodstoves is dangerous is the ozone layer. The smokes disperse but eventually travels all the way up to the ozone layer where it affects on its thickness. Little by little the layer breaks and the world becomes one big radiation field. Sunrays with the ozone layer filtration cause instant skin cancer.

Fire Hazard

Modern electric stoves are made to turn off themselves if they are not touched by the user after some time. This prevents fires in the home. When it comes to woodstoves, this is simply impossible, because the burning wood has no sensor systems to know if it should be turned off. This is a perfect way to create fire. Woodstoves that are left unattended, will most certainly create a fire.

Have you ever had so many problems that you can’t even remember what day it is? Have you ever forgotten where did you put your keys? This is all normal, right? Well, it’s also normal to forget about the woodstove and turn it off. When you get back from work you’ll realize the firemen are saving your last piece of furniture.

One way to prevent this, or at least make the least damage possible is to clean your chimneys regularly. Regular maintaining of your chimney will prevent a buildup of ashes. This is very important because ashes are highly flammable. The most common type of house fires are the ones that happened in the chimney from buildup ashes.

How to Deal With The Problem?

The solution that authorities suggest is transferring from woodstoves to more eco-friendly and energy-efficient ways of heating. These types of solutions mean getting heaters that will use the power of fuels that are not highly flammable and dangerous to the human’s health. Gas, biodiesel fuels, and pellets.

Pellets are very popular lately because they are a perfect switch from woodstoves to pellet stoves. Pellets and wood use the latest technology with a difference that pellets are way more effective than wood. Also, they produce no particles that cause cancer in the air and are a very eco-friendly way of heating your home.

The good part is that both stoves use the same system for heating and the transfer can be made very easy. The authorities in some parts of the world have already started subsidizing and encouraging people to make the transfer from woodstoves to pellet stoves. Some governments have made serious cuts on other fields just to have enough money to support their citizens to buy new stoves that use pellets or other eco-friendly fuels.

So, if you’re thinking about this and wondering if it is good for you, we suggest making the change now, because later, authorities will most certainly ban the use of woodstoves and you’ll be forced to do it. Of course, unless you’re ok with getting fined for using the old woodstove.


Showering at Work Important

Canadian Companies Promote Active Living by Installing Showers at Their Offices

Active LivingCanada is one of the countries in the world that is mostly into saving the environment. Canadian people and the Canadian Government are also one of the most progressive ones in the world. Accepting and implementing new technologies and ways of living in their lives are a common thing among them.

The Canadian government together with the Canadian businessmen and companies, in general, are encouraging the citizens to join in the fight against world pollution. They are taking various measures to make this happen. One of the things to create a better society is promoting cycling and walking. These transportation options are the most healthy ways possible. They create no pollution and keep people in shape, thus making the population healthier. A very simple and small change that creates a huge impact on nature.

Another thing Canadian companies promote is installing showers at their offices. One of the most common excuses of people why they don’t want to go to work by bike or walk is that they get sweaty and need to spend the day at work messy. Not showering after work-out is also a known reason for getting sick. That’s why the companies are installing showers to solve this problem.

Along with the initiative for persevering the environment, companies are installing specially designed shower heads that waste no water. An average American showering wastes more than 17 gallons of water. Everyday showering means wasting lots and lots of precious water. Also creating a lot of contamination too. The companies install rain shower heads that are smart and waste no additional water than the one needed for a regular shower.

Why is Showering at Work Important?

Showering at Work ImportantShowering at work has many benefits. One of them is saving money off your pocket. Promoting traveling from work to the office by foot or by bicycle saves you money for gas or public transport. It also makes you healthier which means you’ll eventually save for visiting the doctor and paying for expensive operations later in life. Another saving moment is the shower itself. Spending water at home will increase your water bill. Showering at work will save you money for this too. Looking at the problem like this, it seems like it’s crazy not to go to work on foot.

The bigger picture is preserving nature. All this affects the environment that we all live in. Taking care of our self and our money – we actually take care of the environment. It’s a win-win situation. The companies are recognizing this as an important issue and have found a solution to the problem.

What Else Can Help in Preserving The Environment

Canadian companies have opened a war on polluting the environment. They are trying to do everything in their power to make the world a better place. It is our duty to help them achieve this goal. Some of the things that we as individuals can do for preserving the environment is this:

The three R’s

The three R'sReduce, reuse, and recycle – the three famous R’s in preserving nature are the most important. By reducing the amount of material we use and throw away we directly affect the environment. For example, never use paper cups for coffee. Use mugs instead.

Reuse everything you can in order to create as little waste as possible. Don’t throw old clothes. Give them as a present for those that have none, like the homeless. If something is damaged, use it as a towel. Also, don’t use one-time usable soaps. Have a container with liquid soap that will be refilled.

In the end – recycle. Make a good selection of the waste and make sure they get in the right waste container. Recycling means less waste, and less waste means clean nature.

Changing the lights in your home

You will be amazed how much electricity can be saved by just changing the light bulbs in your home. The old standard light bulbs waste a lot of energy. By changing them with the new electricity-efficient LED bulbs you save up to 8 times more energy. This will also save a lot of money on your electricity bill. As you can see, contributing to a better environment again saves you money.

Another thing you can do regarding electricity is to turn off all devices that you don’t use. Just look in the kitchen and see how many appliances are connected in the power socket and not being used at the moment. You think that they don’t spend electricity, but the truth is they do even you’re not using them at the moment. Being connected every day throughout the year, the waste a lot of electricity. Turn them off and preserve nature.


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Municipal Water Contamination Can Lead To Serious Diseases

serious problems regarding municipal waterA lot of United States cities are facing serious problems regarding municipal water. The old and overused water pipes that cities are using for decades, and some even for hundreds of years, are becoming a real problem. The water running through them is getting contaminated because the pipes are very old and began to slowly fall apart. Of course, when we say fall apart, we actually mean that some dangerous chemical elements contained in them are now mixing with the water.

This water later gets to our faucets. Some people are used to drink tap water and they are not understanding how serious this problem is. Tap water in some American cities is already forbidden for use, and not only for drinking, but for cooking and showering too.

A lot of American cities are using lead pipes built before 1950. Back at the day, lead pipes were completely normal. Later, the city officials started investing in better pipes which have shown as a great move. Now enormous cities like Milwaukee and Pittsburgh are facing serious problems with old lead pipes. Scientists found extreme levels of lead in the water that runs through the faucets in people’s homes. How serious is this?

Well, high levels of lead in your body can cause death. Low level of lead is still dangerous, especially in children. The lead attacks the nervous system.  Convulsions, organ failures, and other serious problems like getting into a coma are all possible. In adults, same symptoms may occur. The only difference is that adults can take more lead in their bodies and have fewer problems. This is because they have more mass, unlike children that will get harmed faster and easier.

Other cities in the states, like Brady in Texas, have radiation problems. Believe it or not, the water has radiation levels that are almost 10 times bigger than the maximum. Radiation can cause serious health problems, like cancer, kidney failures, and other issues. A total of almost 25 million people all over the state are facing radiation problems, with Brady being the most polluted area. People there are drinking and using strictly bottled water with the city officials having no idea how to solve the problem.

dangers of waterHow big this problem is can show the fact that millions of homes are contaminated with municipality water because of old pipes or nearby factories producing waste that gets in the ground and mixes with drinking water. To solve this, city officials must dig out the old pipes and change them with new ones. This means tearing up half the city of Pittsburgh, for example. Spending billions of dollars all over the country will have to be made in order to fix this. Knowing how difficult it is to find enough money for social issues, chances are big this problem won’t be solved soon.

The solution is the city management to install proper water filtration and pipes that won’t allow any dangerous heavy metals, silt, eventual pesticides and insecticides that harm the health of the citizens. All dangerous chemicals must be prevented from getting into municipality water.

However, since this solution is impossible at the moment, everyone should find a faster solution. The solution available at the moment that will surely save you from buying tons of bottled water is buying new kitchen sinks and faucets and installing personal filtration systems. The filtration systems are almost the same that city water uses, only in smaller sizes. These can be installed directly into the home water system or on one particular faucet.

used faucets and sinks built-up bacteria and dangerous elementsVery important part of this is to know that used faucets and sinks built-up bacteria and dangerous elements. They must be changed with new ones in order to eliminate the hazard. You can install a completely new filtration system, but when the water reaches your old faucet, the bacteria will still enter your body and the filtration system you installed would be futile. That’s why you must understand this must be done with a complete change of material.

You also must understand that this is a very serious problem. At first, you won’t notice any change. Even the water might not taste different than before. The toxins will still enter your body and contaminate the blood and the organs. Cancer is a very serious problem that eventually leads to death. If you have children, their life is in a serious risk from life-threatening problems and even the worst. Don’t underestimate tap water contamination and do everything in your power to solve it.


GPS Watch

Ontario Hiker Saved by His GPS Watch

Charles Adams, aged 35, was found safe and sound thanks to his GPS Watch after being lost for two days. The hiker got lost on a mountain 55 miles off Ontario. The bad weather that suddenly threatened his life made it difficult for his friends to find him. Then they called the police that had no problem finding him thanks to the exact coordinates his GPS watch gave the rescuers. A helicopter with a three men crew got over the location and Charles was saved in a matter of minutes. He was only a little thirsty, but without any injuries.

GPS WatchHikers, sportsmen, adventurers benefit widely from GPS watches. Not only it’s impossible to get lost using a GPS watch, but it’s a real pleasure doing any of those activities. What’s so fun about GPS tracking you’d ask? Well, it’s not just the GPS option these watches have. Along with this function, they have lots of other features. For example, maps, calorie burning meter, distance measurer, stopwatch, internet, Bluetooth, etc.

GPS watches are very widely used by outdoor adventurers and people that often travel into the wilderness. They benefit a lot from the features of these watches mostly because they simply can’t get lost. However, GPS watches are not mandatory equipment just for travelers into the wild. They are a great gadget for people that love sports. For example, some of the sportsmen that simply adore GPS watches are people playing golf. Many companies actually make special GPS watches dedicated for golfers and their needs. They offer a variety of models that support many features needed for a great golf game.

You might ask – why would I need a GPS watch for playing golf? Well, once you start using it, you’ll ask yourself – how did I ever play this game without it? Golf GPS watches give you everything you might need for a perfect game. They have maps from the complete field, they provide you with information about every hole, and some of them even give you weather information in real time that might help you for a better score. Imagine how important a slight wind can be when you swing to reach a distance that’s far as a golf hole and you’re just starting your game.

GOLF GPS WATCHESWhen we say maps, we actually mean all the terrain and irregularities on it. You know how important it is to know that there is a slight slope on the east side of the hole, but the west part of the green is flat, right? Of course, we’re making this up, not all holes follow this pattern. A GPS watch is having a satellite picture of the terrain and knows every inch of the place.

Also, these little gadgets are connected to your mobile phone. You can make calls from your watch without even taking out the phone of your pocket or the bag you carry. They are completely synced with your phone so you can’t forget what time it is and miss an appointment or a meeting because the watch will give you the information on time. Of course, if you previously set the alarm. If not, it would be better to look at your wristwatch and don’t forget about your daily plans.

One of the features that people most adore on these watches is the calorie meter. We live in a world where food is really tasty and we all enjoy some extra cheese on the plate. That’s why we must track how much we eat and how much we burn at the same time. With a GPS watch that’s synced with your phone, you’ll track how much you walk, run, and even how strong your swing was. The watch will measure how many calories you burned and how many more you need to in order to stay in shape.

People that started using GPS watches say that burning calories is much easier with a GPS watch. Other gadgets never have an accurate look at your exercise. The watch is directly connected with your body through the skin. A good GPS watch will have an option to follow your heartbeat and will know exactly how your hart is working at all times. This way you’ll also prevent heart problems that can be very serious and life-threatening.

A GPS watch is a must for everyone involved in an outdoor activity. If we talk about golf as we used to previously, look for the specially made golf GPS watches. They will give you a completely different experience golfing and you’ll never want to leave your GPS wristwatch home ever again.


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Local Business Should Invest More in Tennis Sports

The US government spends more than $600 billion for schools. This money may look like an incredible number, but in reality, it’s not as great as it seems. America has a lot of schools and those schools have lots of requirements, so we can clearly say that schools get very little help from the government when sports are in question.

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Some of the most popular sports among American children are baseball, basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, and bowling. All these require a lot of equipment. Not only in terms of jerseys and shoes, but in equipment that’s needed for playing the sport. The most important reason why the government must pay more attention to school sports funding is safety. Some of the sports that have old equipment can have serious safety implications. For example, old baseball gloves are a serious injury problem. Tennis racquets with old strings can hurt the player etc.

Basically, the government is funding schools and their sports needs throughout all year, but the procedures in getting new equipment are very complicated. When a need of some equipment occurs, the officials from the school must send a requirement to the government officials. until the whole procedure takes place, children will have to play with old equipment or simply play something else if they want to be safe. Some of the sports might be left out and kids that show special interest in them will lose precious time in developing their skills, thus fail to follow their opponents and become less successful. This will surely affect their self-esteem and love for the sport. Precious talents might be lost because of government procedures.

This is why local business should invest more in sports. Every serious company is trying to give back to the community and this is one way to do it. Having in mind that the government often fail to deliver good results, the local businesses should give often donations in sports equipment to various schools and see how young athletes become stars one day thanks to their help.

baseball and tennis equipmentsAs we said, some of the most popular sports among children in the States are tennis, baseball, basketball, and soccer. Soccer and basketball need nothing more than a ball which is pretty affordable and easy to get, but baseball and tennis equipment are more expensive. In soccer, one ball is used by 22 kids, but in tennis, every child must have their own racquets. Also, rackets become overused very fast and must be changed often in order to get the best results.

If you own a business that is keen to get back to the community, helping young tennis players is an excellent idea. Funding local schools for their sports needs is a noble action. Don’t wait on the government and spending your money on something no one needs – give it to the youngest that will really appreciate your help.

Why tennis racquets and equipment are important

Building a whole tennis court is expensive. You need a lot of space, special permits that might take a while until you provide them, and often, tennis courts are not needed as much as the equipment. On the other hand, the tennis racquets and other equipment like tennis balls and nets are more needed because they are spending very fast.

Tennis players must always have good equipment if they want to show the best results. People that didn’t play tennis actively have no way to understand the difference between an overused and new tennis racquet. The strings of an old racquet simply show fatigue and bounce off the ball with less strength making the player less accurate and successful. Same goes for the balls. Even the most quality tennis balls will show fatigue after a while and lose on their strength. They will bounce off the ground and the strings with less power. By this, the players will lose their sense of hitting the right target. In tennis, only an inch means a win or a loss.

This is why local business should invest more in tennis and sports in general. Yes, the government funding is mandatory and constant, but when a real need shows up, the local businessmen can help way more than the state officials. After all, there’s no great athlete that ever forget where they came from. Successful athletes always mention the names of those that helped when they were forming as players.


Helping out local tennis players means not just doing a good deed. It also means you’re investing in your business and your brand. Building relations with the community is very important for every business. Don’t hesitate to invest more, it will surely pay off.


Kids fitness

The Lessons That School Sports Teach Our Children

Kids fitnessSport is very important for creating a healthy individual. Having a sports class in schools is very important for all children. Of course that not all kids have the predispositions to become great athletes, but playing sports teaches children much more than just hot to throw or kick a ball.

Different countries around the world pay different attention to this problem. Those countries that have more hours of sports in schools have healthier youth and better society. When children grow up, they benefit from the sports classes and create a better society by being a healthy grown-up individual.

In the States, three sports are the most popular living others far behind. American football, Basketball, and Baseball. American football is a rough sport not suitable for the younger generations, which means that schools should pay the most attention to basketball and baseball. Basketball is played on a special field while baseball requires nothing but a plain field. Of course, the equipment for both sports is very important and every child practicing these sports in school must be well prepared. Let’s see what kids need for these two very popular American sports.

Basketball

Basketball is played on a basketball court. The hoop construction and the ball are standard and should be provided by the school. Kids should only have their own jerseys, shorts, and shoes. There are no safety measures when it comes to basketball.

Even though professional basketball is played on a basketball court that’s 94 feet long, there are versions of the sport more suitable for kids. For example, the popular street-ball is played on one hoop and with three players as a team. This is probably the best version for schools because all kids can be active without some kids being prioritized and others left out. The original basketball team is constituted of 5 players from each team.

Baseball

Baseball

Baseball needs no special court and can be played anywhere. However, the personal equipment for every child is more important than in the sport of basketball. Along with the jersey, the shorts, and the shoes, kids playing baseball must have a bat, gloves, helmets, and catchers protective mitt. This is very important because of safety reasons. Even though kids usually play some of the softball versions, they still must be fully prepared so that no injuries happen.

The bats are something that every child should pick depending on their own preference. Usually, stronger kids choose bigger bats, while smaller kids choose something that will fit their strength. The gloves are very important for the child’s safety. Let’s see what kinds of gloves there are, and what your child really need when it comes to the gloves:

Baseball gloves and types of gloves

Choosing the right glove depends on the position the player has. There are different types of gloves for every position. For example, if you’re playing as an infielder you must choose gloves that will be smaller in size and lightweight. Running and trying to catch a flying ball is difficult and that’s why you must compensate on size to get better agility. The infield gloves are small, have finger openings and are easy to hold in place. That’s why an infielder must spend more practicing catching the ball. They must always be sure that they can catch the flying ball even with bare hands. However, kids should never do that because of safety reasons. The glove will protect their hands.

The outfielders have more time to react but they must cover a large area on the field. That’s why they have longer gloves that will allow them to catch the flying ball even if they are a bit short. These gloves also have a deep pocket inside that prevents the ball from popping out once it is caught.


The pitchers must hide their hand and the ball before pitching. Pitchers must hide their grip from the batter and that’s why these gloves have a special web inside that gives them this option. The catcher on the other hand, unlike any other of the mentioned, have the biggest glove of all because when the pitcher throws the ball, the target must be big enough for the catcher to receive the ball without a problem.

Conclusion

As we said, sports are very important for the development of children. Participating in a sports team increases the sense of cooperation, teamwork, and communication skills. On top of this, sports help children become healthier. That’s why schools must pay more attention to sports. They must indulge baseball as part of their everyday program. However, schools must also invest in getting the best possible equipment because safety always comes first especially when kids are in question.