Water softening product could salvage frazzled phones
Nearly everybody has a tale of woe to tell regarding a phone and a body of water - whether it’s an unfortunate plunge into the loo or a full soaking in a swimming pool, we’re all familiar with the pain of a water-frazzled phone. However, one young entrepreneur is offering a solution, and the process seems to involve something we’re very familiar with here at Harvey Water Softeners: removing hardness from water.
Soft water makes a better bagel, claims New York company
Soft water is a key component of many popular beers, but a new bakery chain in the USA is proving that it’s a vital part of making tasty dough treats as well. The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co, which recently opened a new outlet in Los Angeles, aims to provide the authentic New York bagel experience - even if you’re halfway across the country. And an important part of that is getting the water just right, as part-owner and talk show host Larry King recently told LA Biz.
New process boils water faster than you can see
How long does it take your kettle to boil after you switch it on? Depending on a number of things - including how much you filled it, the hardness and starting temperature of the water and the efficiency and condition of your kettle, it’ll usually take between one minute and several. Not long to wait for a cup of tea, you might think - but for those who really need to get to that cuppa as soon as possible, scientists might have found a new way to do it.
Water quality report shows much work ahead for Irish Water
Irish Water, the newly-formed national utility company that will serve 34 local authorities, has been warned that it needs to make big improvements before it takes up its role in January 2014. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one of the company’s regulators - the other being the Commission for Energy Regulation - has said some of Irish Water’s current figures are “unacceptable”.
Tree seeds could help purify drinking water
A new, natural way to purify drinking water using the seeds from a tropical tree species could lead to cheaper, more efficient purification processes in the developing world, scientists believe. Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden say proteins extracted from Moringa oleifeira seeds can sift out impurities in water and bind them together into clusters called flocs, making them easier to separate and remove.
Councillors propose water softener grants for Kilkenny residents
People in parts of Ireland are being hit hard by the effects of hard water - and it’s not just their electrical appliances that are feeling the strain, but their wallets too. A recent article in the Kilkenny People said two councillors in County Kilkenny, John Brennan and Maurice Shortall, are pushing for a new grant scheme to help local people install water softeners in their homes.
Water Bill 'threatens England's chalk streams'
The government’s new Water Bill could see many of England’s favourite waterways run dry if it goes ahead as planned, critics have claimed - including the one that served as the inspiration for The Wind in the Willows. The River Pang, a tributary of the River Thames, is said to be the place that motivated author Kenneth Grahame to write the children’s classic, but it is under threat from new laws that would allow water companies to almost double the amount of water they draw from the nation’s rivers.
NASA's new mission seeks the fate of water on Mars
Due to a changing climate, water is set to become an ever more precious commodity here on Earth over the next few decades - and the new NASA mission to Mars might just help us to understand more about the causes of the climate change. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission (Maven), which blasted off on November 18th, will send a spacecraft to orbit the desert planet and fill in some of the blanks left by the Curiosity rover.