About Katrina

I am committed to informing everyone about the quality of their drinking water. Water is truly life essential, and we really need to think before we drink. Even President Obama strongly suggests that every American should filter their tap water. If we must filter our water, we should use a quality water filter system. Indiana Water Filters along with Multipure Corporation are committed to insuring everyone has access to clean, healthy drinking water, at a reasonable price. Visit any of my sites to learn more about drinking water and Multipure Corporation. Bragging rights I am a Multipure Master Builder and have been a distributor for almost 3 years. We have 5 children and 7 grand children.
Apr 09

Distilled Water Is Healthy Water

Distilled Water Is Healthy Water

distillerdistillerWater distillers are a fantastic appliance for people who are health conscious and concerned about pollutants or chemicals. Distilled water is great for drinking and cooking and is also perfect for watering plants. If you are in the market for a water distiller, there are a few things you should know in order to make a smart selection.

Look for a Money-Back Guarantee

When shopping for a water distiller, make sure the one you select has at least a 30-day money-back guarantee. You certainly don’t want to buy a dud and then be stuck with it. A water distiller, like any electronic appliance, is a fairly complicated piece of apparatus and there are a number of things that can go wrong during the manufacturing or assembly process. Moreover, shipping and handling can damage a machine and cause it to not work properly.  Therefore, be sure to select a model that offers a solid guarantee in the event of failure.

Be careful however as some manufacturers may claim that they offer a money-back-guarantee, yet will only accept a return if the appliance is sent back unused. Therefore if you open the box, plug it in and try to use it, only to discover that the machine does not work, you cannot return the item because it has technically been used.

The type of guarantee you need is where the manufacturer accepts returns even if you have used the appliance for several weeks before discovering it does not work properly. Some manufacturers require a restocking fee if you have changed your mind about the purchase and want to return the item even though it is in working order. A restocking fee is customary and appropriate.

Make Sure the Water Distiller is Certified

When shopping for a water distiller, be sure that it has been certified by some appropriate governmental agency or consumer advocate group, such as the Underwriters Laboratories, the Canadian Standards Association, ANSI, or the U.S.’s Nationally Recognised Testing Laboratories.

If the appliance has not been certified, then it has not been approved for safe use by a recognised authority.  A well-designed, quality-manufactured water distiller should be able to pass the standards test of nearly any safety authority.

Look for a seal or decal on the box or packaging that indicates the item has passed the necessary standards test.  This is extremely important, since you will be ingesting the output of the water distiller. Any appliance that has not been tested and certified should be considered unsafe. Make sure that you choose one of the dozens (or even hundreds) of other brands that have passed certification standards testing.

Make Sure the Water Distiller is Competitively Priced

When shopping for a water distiller, don’t choose one that is much cheaper or much more expensive than other models. Select one that is competitively priced.

If the unit is considerably less expensive than the average price, the reason for that is probably inferior materials and workmanship. You do not want to scrimp on manufacturing when it comes to an appliance that produces water you intend to drink.

On the other hand, if the item is considerably more expensive than average, you should make sure you know what you are paying for. Does it offer features which others do not? Does it claim to be of better quality and workmanship? If you pay more for an item, that is your decision. But be sure you know what you are getting, and be certain it is not simply hype.

By following the above tips, you will be able to choose a great water filter that has been certified safe. You can use it for at least a few weeks to be sure it operates properly and make sure you will be certain that you aren’t paying too much and that you aren’t buying an inferior product.

Sally Dimmock is a writer who believes that water distillers are a great product and have many uses. However, she recommends that if you are looking to purchase one, you ensure you buy one which comes with a guarantee just in case you need to take it back.

Apr 05

Contaminated Water At Military Base Linked To Rare Cancer

lejeuneContaminated water at a military base for a period of 30 years is still wreaking havoc today with rare cancers developing in those who drank the water those many years ago. Many have passed on and those who are alive today are still struggling with various ailments. It is said that in the 1950’s in Camp Lejeune the tap water became contaminated with harmful, cancer causing chemicals that the families on the base drank and bathed in without knowledge of the issue. Many of those who were on the camp at the time later developed various carcinomas, which are now blamed on that water.  President Obama finally signed into law an act in August 2012 that will make sure that these people have medical care provided for them.

Touted as the largest contamination of water in the history of America, the Camp Lejeune water contamination caused leukemia in children, breast cancer in men, acute lymphoma and acute myeloid among others. Breast cancer is very rare among men, but of the men who have served or were born on the military base, at least 80 have been diagnosed with this rare cancer.

In addition to that, birth defects, stillbirths and infant mortality became a common thing. Babies were born with open spines, one without a cranium and so many of them died soon after birth that the military base had to set aside a section in their cemetery just for babies. This section became known as baby heaven due to the sheer volumes of babies buried there.

Once the news of the contamination was discovered, it is said that the Marine Corps did not move fast enough to contact and alert those who may have been exposed to these harmful chemicals. This led to two brave men taking matters into their own hands and making a documentary about it to get the word out to others who had served at the military base at the time.

Current healthcare legislation mandates the VA to pay and treat these conditions. Even though the babies will not come back and the cancer may not go into remission at least the financial burden of these diseases will not be on the families that have suffered so much in the last few years. It is said that millions may have been affected in the 30 years that the water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated.  This may not be the cure all, but it will help if only a little.

 

By Trolman, Glaser & Lichtman, P.C. posted in The Legal Community on Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Apr 03

5 Ways To Make Your Workplace Eco-Friendly

Ways To Make Your Workplace Eco-Friendly

Image by Chris Potter

From melting polar ice caps to smog-filled cities, the threat of global warming isn’t going away. Despite the red flags and the bombardment of warnings, the majority of people continue to turn a blind eye to their carbon footprint. Ignorance really is bliss.

It’s all too easy to turn away and leave it to someone else, but if we all do that then nothing’s going to change.

Instead, you could make a few small changes to your day-to-day life that can have positive effects on the environment. You may not have the money or time to become totally green, but these short easy to do steps will leave you slightly more satisfied in the knowledge that you are doing your part.

Here are five quick and easy ways to make your workplace more eco-friendly:

1. Less Waste, More Recycling

Minimize the amount of waste that goes to landfill by installing recycling bins in your workplace. The majority of packaging can be recycled now, and you’ll find that most of your colleagues will happily ‘go green’ if you provide them with the opportunity to recycle items.

2. Use Less Energy

Your workplace may be a-buzz with energy, but make sure it’s not wasted electronic energy. Turn off equipment such as computers, chargers and lights when they’re not in use, and remind your colleagues to do the same.

3. Minimise Your Mileage

Don’t travel unnecessarily for company business if a conference call could achieve the same result. If you can’t avoid travelling, try to car share where possible.

4. Be Proud To Be Green

Lead the way in your workplace’s green revolution by displaying your green credentials for all to see. Update your email signature to say:

Think before you ink – please consider the environment and do not print unless absolutely necessary.

5. Print Double-Sided

It seems so simple, but by printing and photocopying on both sides of a sheet of paper, you’re cutting your energy and paper use in half. If you have an IT team, speak to them about making double-sided printing the automatic default on all of the company’s computers and photocopiers.

That’s five simple ways to a more eco-friendly office, but it doesn’t end there. You could even speak to your procurement team about buying environmentally friendly products like Xerox business paper, which is manufactured using less water, chemicals and energy.

Have you got a great idea on making workplaces more eco-friendly? If so, leave a comment below!

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Matt Reilly is a professional copywriter. He blogs about the environment, the business world and the links between the two. He writes for Continua.

Apr 03

Eco-home: 5 Tips To Make Your Home More Sustainable

ecohomeIt seems to be the new trend at the moment and with good reason too! In the last decade particularly, many governments and communities have zoned in on the idea of sustainability. Sustainability is the concept where current needs are met without depleting the resources of future generations.

Likewise, individuals and families can also operate in more environmentally friendly ways. Indeed, sustainability in the home can also cut down on costs and make your home more comfortable. There are countless ways to go about sustainability in your home. Here we survey five top suggestions.

Choose your plants wisely

Aren’t having plants an eco-friendly choice in the first place? In some respects, yes. However, plants that require lots of water are generally considered a less sustainable choice. The choice of plants will often depend on the climate in which you live in. For example, if you live in a dry climate such as in Australia, look out for Australian native plants. Fruit trees are also a good idea in providing shade for your backyard and fresh fruit for you!

Choose eco-friendly paints

Many people would be surprised to know that the UN International Agency on Research into Cancer (IARC) categorises painting as a “hazardous profession” due to various toxic components in many paints. This is because paints contain harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Instead, choose plant based oils. Plant based oils are low-VOC and more sustainable than paints derived from petrochemicals.

Choose eco-friendly floors

With flooring, it is not so much the material that matters but the maintenance routine required to maintain its durability. This is because most floor finishes are also plastic based, meaning that VOCs and allergens will be emitted from your floor after installation and recoating. Once again, you can avoid this by choosing low VOC floor finishes. Alternatively, choose ceramic, hard tiles, linoleum, and cork as your flooring.

Use less electricity

While the choice of paint and flooring are sustainable design choices, there are also sustainable living choices you can make every day in your home. Saving energy is an easy way to be sustainable. This includes simple things like turning off lights when not in use. Some less common ways: turning off your cable set-top box when not in use, having a correctly sized air conditioner, and organising your fridge!

Use recycled or reclaimed materials

If you’re hunting for that perfect piece of real estate to buy or build up, consider choosing or building a home with recycled or reclaimed materials. If you’re after wood, look for wood from older torn-down buildings or else types such as bamboo that grow quickly and sustainably. If you’re already settled into a property, consider buying more recycled products at the supermarket, whether it be pens or even toilet paper!

Amy Hopkins is a university student and freelance writer who is interested in flicking through the newspaper looking at NSW real estate. You’ll often find her dreaming about properties she can’t quite afford to buy!

Apr 02

Going Green To Save Green

Going Green To Save Green

green1Turning your home into a more energy efficient system, can improve performance, save money, and is good for the environment. With the right strategy, you can make any home more efficient and comfortable. Whether it’s an older home or a newer home, there are many measures homeowners can take to improve the efficiency. First you need to think about each part of your home, inside and out. Then, you can figure out which envelopes need the most work.

Insulation Can Go a Long Way

When installed properly, insulation slows the rate of air that flows out of and in the house. Whether it’s winter or summer, insulation improves your comfort, your efficiency and cuts the energy bills. If your house doesn’t have insulation in all the right places, you can usually tell… but sometimes it takes a little work. Plus, if your attic is unfinished, you should definitely think about getting it insulated. There are many types of insulation to choose from, but the most popular are made from fiberglass and foam. With insulation installation you should probably call an expert. They know where insulation needs to go and they install it correctly the first time. They also have special tools like infrared cameras to find all the hidden cavities where the air is escaping.

Windows

By upgrading or replacing your old windows with new energy efficient ones, you will feel the effects immediately. And even better yet, your energy bills will drop and drop fast. Yes, windows can become a little pricey, especially when you need to replace more than one.  But, it will pay off in the longer run… by a lot. Fortunately there are many types of energy efficient windows that offer a refund.

Let There Be Light

You wouldn’t think replacing your light bulbs would help the efficiency of your home. However, incandescent light bulbs not only use less energy, they are brighter then most regular bulbs. Plus, energy efficient light bulbs use less electricity to run. Do your research and compare the energy used for your old bulbs compared to new energy efficient bulbs. You will see a real difference in how much energy is used and how much it costs to run each one.

Outdoor Structures

Believe it or not, a verandah, car port, patios and awnings can make a big difference in energy efficiency. By installing an energy efficient roof, these home additions become an economic solution that you and your family can enjoy.

Eric Regan is a writer who loves the enviroment and has written many blogs on different going green and energy saving techniques

Mar 31

Endangered Species And Ecosystems

ecosystemTo save our environment is the primary responsibility of every one of us, and in order to save our environment, we have to make sure that all the species and animals on this planet must be saved. The reasons behind this are that many of these endangered species are important to sustain life on this planet. Some of these endangered species are an important part of the chain reaction that is important to save our ecosystem. We depend on different types of ecosystems to get food, fresh air,  and water. By polluting these ecosystems, we are actually gradually moving towards  the destruction of this planet. Cutting down the trees is the main cause for endangering the many important plant and animal species.

Causes of Endangered Species and Ecosystems
Industrialization has been the main cause of endangering the plant and animal species as well as ecosystems. Many of the animal species have already disappeared due to a lack of care, and every day we are threatening various other species by our continuous industrialization all over the world. Our planet is in danger at the moment, and every step towards industrialization is actually becoming the step towards destruction of this planet. The pollution caused by the industries also affected the animals living under the sea. It is not just the wildlife that is endangered at the moment, but the sea life is also in extreme danger. There are various causes for this process, but the results are the same, endangered species and ecosystems are increasing every day.

Why to Protect Endangered Species
Many plants as well as animals are important to develop medications, and research has revealed that almost half of the drugs prescribed by doctors are either made from the plants or animals. These animals and plants are not only working as the life savers, but these are also important for the growth of the pharmaceutical industry. Besides medications these species are also important for agricultural purposes also. At the moment, 90 percent of the food needed for the world has been fulfilled through plants; therefore, we have to protect all of these endangered species for our future generations.

How Endangered Species are Important for Our Ecosystems
The basics of any ecosystem are plants and animals, and these ecosystems are the key to sustaining life on this planet. Some of these ecosystems are ancient forests, grasslands, and coastal estuaries. These ecosystems are responsible to provide clean air, food, and water to the humans. Without these ecosystems, we cannot imagine life on this planet. When animal and plant species are in danger, that means our ecosystems that are essential for life are also in danger. Protecting our ecosystems by protecting these endangered species is the responsibility of everyone.
The endangered species and ecosystem are the major environmental issues today which need to be addressed accordingly if we want to keep our planet in a better condition. It becomes the responsibility of all people to protect our environment,and these endangered species.

Khavin, S is a freelance writer with a tremendous knowledge about environmental issues. No wonder he is actively engaged in environmental issues. Read his latest post about Jaguars.

Mar 19

World Water Day 2013

World Water Day 2013

logo_mediaA celebration of all things water. World Water Day is almost here. March 22, 2013 is World Water Day.

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.
Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2013, in reflection of the International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day is also dedicated to the theme of cooperation around water and is coordinated by UNESCO in collaboration with UNECE and UNDESA on behalf of UN-Water.

Celebrations and events are taking place worldwide. People all around the world take action to raise awareness on water issues and improve the management of our water resources. Check what others are doing and get involved!

There are celebrations happening all over the world. Here is a partial list of happenings in the good old USA:

Reel Water Film Festival
Exact location: 7719 Wisconsin Ave Bethesda, MD 20814
Country: United States of America
Event date (from): 15 Jun 2013
Event date (to): 15 Jun 2013
Event related to: International Year of Water Cooperation

A Walk for Water for Washington DC area students and families

Exact location: Locust Grove Nature Center at Cabin John Regional Park in Bethesda, MD
Country: United States of America
Event date (from): 11 May 2013
Event date (to): 11 May 2013
Event related to: World Water Day 2013

H2Oratorio: A Deluge of Songs
Exact location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Country: United States of America
Event date (from): 13 Apr 2013
Event date (to): 21 Apr 2013
Event related to: International Year of Water Cooperation

5th Annual Walk4Water
Exact location: Bidwell Park – 1-Mile Dam Recreation Area
Country: United States of America
Event date (from): 6 Apr 2013
Event date (to): 6 Apr 2013
Event related to: International Year of Water Cooperation

Water Cooperation Presentations
Exact location: Colorado State University
Country: United States of America
Event date (from): 25 Mar 2013
Event date (to): 31 Mar 2013
Event related to: International Year of Water Cooperation,World Water Day 2013

World Water Day Clean Up on Roosevelt Island
Exact location: Roosevelt Island, Washington DC
Country: United States of America
Event date (from): 23 Mar 2013
Event date (to): 23 Mar 2013
Event related to: World Water Day 2013

World Water Day Beach Cleanup Kickoff!
Exact location: Euclid Beach Park 16250 Lakeshore Blvd. Cleveland OH 44110
Country: United States of America
Event date (from): 23 Mar 2013
Event date (to): 23 Mar 2013
Event related to: World Water Day 2013

See the entire list of events http://www.unwater.org/water-cooperation-2013/events/worldwide-events/events-list/en/

Dec 31

Multipure Introduces Whole House And Mini Water Filters

Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) November 06, 2012

As part of Multipures Celebrate 30 (C30) convention in November,Multipure introduced its new Multipure Aquasource and Aquamini drinking water systems. Held at the Planet Hollywood Casino Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, C30 offered the chance for Multipures Distributors, colleagues, and other attendees to get a first look at these exciting new additions to Multipures line of powerful and convenient water filtration products.

Multipure currently offers superior drinking water systems for countertop, below sink, and in-line use. The Multipure Aquasourceis a powerful drinking water solution for point-of-entry, whole-house filtration. The Multipure Aquasource is designed to connect near a homes water heater, filtering a variety of contaminants at the water source to provide cleaner, more healthful water throughout the house.

As a complement to the Multipure Aquasource, Multipures new Aquamini drinking water system is a small, portable, and convenient drinking water system designed for travel, vacations, business trips, hotel rooms, and school dormitories. The Aquamini provides the same level of versatile filtration as Multipures Aquaversa drinking water system, in a smaller housing designed to fit equally well in a bag or luggage. The Aquamini connects to most standard faucets with a dual-hose diverter valve, allowing it to be set up for use within minutes.

Multipures President Zachary Rice unveils the new Aquasource whole house water filter, using a bit of dry ice for dramatic effect. ooohhhhh, ahhhhhhh!

Multipure President, Zachary Rice, feels that these new products serve as a natural complement to Multipures existing line of products. Multipure has always excelled at providing industry-leading point-of-use drinking water systems for the kitchen or bathroom sink. With the Multipure Aquasource and the Aquamini, we can fulfill the need for better water for the entire home and better water away from home.

Multipure Vice President of Network Marketing, Regina M. Noriega, touts these products as a sign of the strong relationship between Multipure and its family of Independent Distributors. For some time, many of our Distributors have asked for a comprehensive solution to water filtration at point-of-entry. At the same time, they have asked for a more portable version of Multipures existing point-of-use systems. With the Multipure Aquasource and the Aquamini, we are providing our Distributors with Multipures next great products.

The Multipure Aquasource and Aquamini debuted at Multipures Celebrate 30 convention, which ran from Friday, November 2, 2012, through Sunday, November 4, 2012. Events and features included a special anniversary dinner, motivational speeches, recognition and awards, and Multipure University training classes.

Founded in 1970, Multipure is an industry leader in the manufacture and distribution of drinking water systems and compressed solid carbon block filters. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, Multipure employs over 200 people, and is committed to being an eco-friendly company that provides the people of the world with the best quality drinking water at an affordable price. Multipure is a member of the Water Quality Association, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, and the Better Business Bureau.

Dec 30

Water Lowers Heart Risk – Health Update

America’s mania for expensive bottled waters may be protecting hearts as it empties wallets. Drinking lots of [H.sub.2]O can significantly reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, according to researchers at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif.

Staying hydrated is apparently as important to your cardiovascular system as diet, exercise and avoiding tobacco. “Basically, not drinking enough water can be as harmful to your heart as smoking,” says lead investigator Jacqueline Chan, Ph.D.

Chan’s team found that healthy subjects who drink five or more glasses of water a day have only half the risk (or less) Of fatal coronary heart disease, compared with those who drink less than two glasses per day. The results indicate that several independent risk factors for CHD, such as levels of whole blood viscosity, plasma viscosity, hematocrit and fibrinogen, can be elevated by dehydration.

Unfortunately, you can’t count water gained from Cokes, Frappuccinos and Coronas. Neither total fluid intake nor intake of other fluids combined showed the reduced risk. Instead, heavy consumption of coffee, tea, juice, milk and alcohol was associated with a 46 percent increase in heart-attack risk.

“There is a difference, at least for heart health, whether people get their fluids from plain water or from sodas,” says Chan. Water thins the blood, she explains, while other fluids draw water out of the blood to aid in their digestion. The report concludes that proper hydration could save “tens of thousands of lives each year” with minimal cost or effort.

If the study results are replicable, “this would be the cheapest and simplest method of preventing coronary heart disease imaginable,” says Gary Fraser, M.D., cardiologist at the LLU Heart Institute.

The investigation, part of the Adventist Health Study begun in 1973, involved more than 20,000 participants. The results were published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

10-SECOND TIP

Because protein breakdown requires extra water, eating just two fast-food burgers can lead to dehydration. If you’re on a meat kick or adding supplemental protein, increase your water intake proportionately.

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Aug 16

Lejeune water victims get help

August 13, 2012|Tom Philpott | Military Update

President Obama signed a bipartisan bill last week that, for the first time, offers veterans and family members government-funded hospitalization and medical services for 15 specific ailments presumed linked to drinking water contamination at Camp Lejeune, N.C., over 31 years, ending in 1987.

The bill has several controversial features, including a mandate that the Department of Veterans Affairs, rather than the military and its TRICARE program, provide the care. The estimated cost for the first five years is $162 million to treat several thousand victims who are expected to qualify.