Last weekend we were checking out the amazing Fox River Antique Mall and came across this old guy:
It's a simplex water meter that was originally installed in West Bend, WI in 1931!
We thought the chart recorder was really cool.
It appears to measure the rate of flow and GPM.
It looked to be in pretty good condition, but there was no indication of whether or not it was still functional. Anyone up for trying it out? Unfortunately there's no factory warranty...
Would you drink your wastewater? The National Research Council find that "wastewater is completely safe, if not safer than existing water supplies." Treated wastewater, that is. This article recommends a tap filter for "those seeking optimal wellness," though. I'm not sure what you should do if you're seeking that all-illusive sub-optimal level of wellness.
Ah, privatization. We do it to prisons, schools, wars, NASA. Why not water supplies? Because it's working so well for the rest of the world.
Wisconsin's looking a bit short on snowfall so far this year. For those missing it, you could take a leaf out of this ski lodge's book and start turning sewage into snow.
There's lots of talking going on about fracking and natural gas drilling, and Popular Mechanics looks at the top 10 controversial claims surrounding the debate. Well-written, packed full of facts, and very balanced.
More protests in Ohio, this time over fracking spurred on by recent earthquakes.
The future of energy savings is finding ways to harness untapped sources of energy, like the pressure that builds up as water travels from the water tower to my faucet. Municipal water systems in the Northeast are tapping this energy to run their systems.
Have a great weekend!