Creative Water Sources.

first_imgSometimes having water for an emergency, whether it’s the weather or Y2K, means knowing where to look.”The tank of your hot water heater or water pressure tankcan supply many gallons of emergency water,” said Judy Harrison,a University of Georgia Extension food safety specialist.Check Pipes, Ice Trays and Toilet Tank”You could also use water in your plumbing and in icecubes,” Harrison said. “As a last resort, you can usewater in the reservoir tank of your toilet (not the bowl) — butpurify it first.”During a natural disaster, consider water from wells, cisternsand other disaster-area delivery systems unsafe until tested.To use the water in your hot water tank:* Turn off the electric or gas supply to the water heater.* Open the drain at the bottom of the tank to retrieve thewater.* Start the water flowing by turning off the water intake valveand turning on a hot-water faucet. Don’t turn on the gas or electricitywhen the tank is empty.* When power is restored and the tank refills with water, turnon the gas or electric to heat the water.To use the water in your pipes:* Turn on the faucet at the highest point in your house tolet air into the plumbing system.* Drain the water from the pipes through the lowest faucetin the house. If the main water valve is closed, be sure thatgas to heat the water is turned off to prevent overheating.Water Beds Can Be Life Savers”Water beds can be emergency water sources, too,”Harrison said. “Beds hold up to 400 gallons, but some waterbeds contain toxic chemicals that aren’t fully removed by manypurifiers.”If you designate a water bed in your home as an emergency resource,drain it yearly and refill it with fresh water containing twoounces of bleach per 120 gallons.Emergency water sources can be found outside your home, too.Rainwater, streams, rivers and other moving bodies of water, pondsand lakes and natural springs are all good sources of water. Butremember to purify the water before drinking it.”You should purify all uncertain water before using itfor drinking, food preparation or personal hygiene,” Harrisonsaid.Purify, Purify, PurifyThere are several ways to purify water.”None is perfect,” Harrison said. “The bestsolution is a combination of methods.”Here are two common, easy purification methods:Boiling is the safest method. Put water ina clean saucepan or other cooking container. Bring the water toa rolling boil and continue boiling for 10 minutes, keeping inmind that some water will evaporate. Let the water cool beforedrinking, keeping it covered during cooling.Boiled water may taste “flat” when opened. Improvethe flavor by incorporating air into the water by shaking or pouringit back and forth between two clean containers.Chlorination uses liquid household chlorinebleach to kill microorganisms. Add 2 drops of bleach per quartof water (4 drops if the water is cloudy). Mix it thoroughly andlet it stand for 30 minutes.If the water doesn’t slightly taste and smell of chlorine atthat point, add another dose and let it stand another 15 minutes.Test it again.”Distillation and purification tablets are also usefulways to make water safe,” Harrison said.(Photo by Faith Peppers, University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Valladolid local dies of electrocution

first_imgAccording to police investigation,Quillain was fishing on the river around 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 17 using animprovised electric equipment.      Bacolod City – In Barangay Alijis, Valladolid, Negros Occidental, a mandied of electrocution. He was 45-year-old resident RolandoQuillain, a police report showed.   Officers of the Valladolid municipalpolice station have yet to rule out foul play in the incident./PN The victim was brought to theValladolid District Hospital where he was declared “dead on arrival.” last_img

‘Gary Winz Travel Slide Show’ celebrates 20-years this month

first_imgBatesville, In. — This year is the 20th Anniversary of the annual Gary Wintz Travel Presentation at the Batesville Memorial Public Library on Thursday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m.Gary Wintz was born and raised in Batesville but has traveled to over 220 countries, colonies, and territories.  The 20th Anniversary presentation promises to be a “one-of-a-kind special reflection” on Gary’s Top Ten Most Favorite Places in all the world.Please join us for these educational, entertaining and downright fun– but true– stories of thrills and spills from all over Planet Earth.  Gary’s brother, author/editor Father Jack Wintz, OFM, will join the show as well.last_img

Syracuse solving struggles at plate ahead of Big East crunch time

first_img Published on April 17, 2013 at 12:37 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse It was as if weeks of offensive struggle had become too much to bear.After going down 5-0 in the first inning against Georgetown on Sunday, the Syracuse offense adjusted its focus and mounted a comeback that could propel it into the latter half of its Big East schedule.Nine innings and nine unanswered runs later, the Orange defeated the Hoyas 9-5 on the heels of a surprising offensive outbreak.Syracuse (14-22, 2-7 Big East) will square off with Villanova (15-20, 2-9) in a doubleheader at Skytop Softball Stadium on Wednesday. While the Orange’s pitching has struggled, its anemic offense hasn’t been able to pick up the slack. Heading into its next conference test, SU will need its offense to build on Sunday’s success and start a new chapter in what has been a disappointing season thus far.“It’s always easier when the offense is clicking,” head coach Leigh Ross said. “It’s easier to play with a lead and it helps the pitching staff get comfortable.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange has scored first in five of its nine conference games. But after striking first blood, the team’s bats have tended to shrink as games move on.But Sunday was different.After Lindsey Larkin yielded five runs to the Hoyas in the top of the first, the Orange seemed to be heading toward another defeat. Then, Corinne Ozanne pulled off a quick turnaround.“I really struggled on Saturday and I was pretty discouraged,” Ozanne said. “Sunday, they threw the same pitchers as Saturday. I just did my best to feel out the sequences and put the ball in play.”Ozanne went 0-for-5 combined in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday, then followed it up with a performance of a lifetime. On a 2-2 fastball, she jumpstarted the Orange offense with a solo home run in the top of the fourth. In the next inning, she hit a two-run home run down the left field line to make the score 5-3. After her sacrifice fly tied the game at 5-5 in the seventh, her three-run homer in the ninth put the Orange ahead for good.Her final line: three hits, three home runs, seven RBIs.Along with Ozanne, Julie Wambold and Jasmine Watson each hit two home runs on the weekend, giving the Orange a jolt of power when it needed it the most.“We work a lot on our offensive game, and for us to pull through with eight long balls on the weekend is big,” Ozanne said. “That gives our pitching staff both a cushion and some confidence.”With the absence of sophomore Lindsay Taylor, SU’s pitching staff has struggled in Big East play. Syracuse has given up an average of nine runs in the team’s nine conference games, but the offense hasn’t been much better.The Orange is averaging a little more than three runs per game. With two games against Villanova on Wednesday and a home series with Seton Hall this weekend, it’s still not too late to mitigate the season’s struggles and right the ship.“We just need to hit the ball,” Ozanne said. “That’s going to be the key moving forward. To hit the ball and let the other team make the mistakes.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more