The Water Texas PAC reported contributions of more than $952,000 for the period between July 31 and September 26, according to a new campaign finance report . More than half of the haul, a total of $625,000, came from a pair of six-figure checks written by the Associated General Contractors of Texas and the Dow Chemical Company. The water PAC is gearing up to spend big money on an aggressive statewide, political-style campaign to sway voter approval for a Nov. 5 ballot proposition that would put $2 billion from the states rainy day fund toward new water infrastructure projects. The water measure is labeled Proposition 6 on the ballot, and is one of 9 constitutional amendments that Texans will decide. Straus Water Texas PAC officially formed on August 1. Rep. Allan Ritter, a Republican from Nederland and a key architect of the water plan, is serving as treasurer. According to the report, the biggest single donation came in the form of a $375,000 check from the Texas chapter of the Highway, Heavy, Utilities and Industrial Branch of the Associated General Contractors of America.
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The Home Depot Wins 2013 WaterSense® Retail Partner of the Year Award
The aquifer is always recharging." Runoff a problem too Excess irrigation of residential lawns, parks, business centers, golf courses and other green spaces also affects surface water quality. Runoff from watering lawns or irrigating farm fields washes fertilizers, pesticides and waste into streams, lakes and bays, contributing to nitrogen loading that can ultimately kill off fish and other aquatic life. Long Islanders use so much water partly because it's plentiful. Aquifers under the Island act like sponges, absorbing the precipitation that filters through the surface into the groundwater. The Island's water also is cheap -- typically less than the $2-per-1,000 gallons national average. The costs can rise to as much as $10 per gallon in more arid parts of the country such as Las Vegas. Peak watering hours on Long Island often start at 2 a.m., when automatic sprinkler systems kick into action. The spread of automatic in-ground systems -- confined to a handful of affluent communities a few decades ago -- accounts for the dramatic increase in use, Kelleher said. A homeowner with a half-acre property can outfit it with an irrigation system for about $1,500. But much of the water used in sprinkler systems doesn't fulfill the intended purpose of reaching the grass roots, Meyland said. A lot of it evaporates as mist when the water comes out of the sprinkler head or it evaporates after hitting the grass, she said.
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White House: Drink More Water
We rely on groundwater to provide a third or more of our statewide water supply, and even more in drought years. Most of the water pumped is used for irrigation, although an increasingly large amount is being used to support energy production. Unfortunately, the vast reserve that underlies our state is being depleted at a rapid pace. Our research, using information from NASA satellites, shows that since 2002, the Central Valley has been using groundwater at a rate of 800 billion gallons a year. That is roughly equivalent to one full Lake Mead every 12 years. Our findings are consistent with those of the U.S. Geological Survey , which paint a longer-term picture of California's disappearing groundwater. In the Central Valley, falling well levels and subsiding land are curtailing food production, damaging ecosystems and threatening the livelihoods of the thousands of area residents employed by the water-dependent agricultural sector. A recent report on the Coachella Valley documented decades of groundwater depletion there as well, despite local and regional efforts at managed recharge and water banking. Clearly, food and energy production are essential, but those water needs must be balanced against domestic requirements, the needs of the environment and ecosystems, long-term preservation of groundwater supplies for future generations and the economic future of our state and nation.
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HOME CLINIC;Hot-Water Heating System Upkeep
A lot of families in our community rely on tap water to make infant formula and it's just harmful for infants You may not realize that fluoride actually in most river water...about 4 parts per million. The water works adds their own fluoride to make it 7 parts per million. The cost? About 120 thousand dollars a year. we reduced the dosage three or four years ago and that's certainly a possiblity here Stowe says Iowa public health officials still recommend adding fluoride to water. You can go to the Des Moines Water Works website to leave your comments. But remember, they're only looking for facts... not opinions. It's not a popularity contest. It's a scientific issue. The water works Fluoride comment page will be open until November 30th.
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California's water house of cards
The Portland Water Bureau may have just what you're looking for. City officials have now slashed the asking price for their high-end "Water House" in east Portland. Originally listed at $475,000, the ratepayer-funded home is now advertised for $439,950 -- a drop of nearly 10 percent. Meanwhile, the Water Bureau also wants to sell a manufactured home atop Powell Butte that had been used as a caretakers' residence. It has an appraised value of $13,499 . More Continuing coverage of the Portland Water Bureau and the rates its customers pay. The Water Bureau launched its Water House project in 2009 under then-Commissioner Randy Leonard, who wanted to demonstrate the benefits of water-efficient homes. Water Bureau officials sold the City Council on the plan by saying bureau costs would be $200,000 -- and the house would be sold for $400,000. But all-in costs for the city totaled about $940,000.
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Portland Water House: price slashed to $439,950
Even more worryingly, Drink Up says that a nearly a quarter of the nations children do not drink any water on a daily basis but instead meet their liquid needs with sugary drinks. While those numbers indicate a serious problem, officials say that Drink Up will adopt an encouraging rather than hectoring tone. Were being completely positive in our messaging, every participating [water] company has agreed to only encourage people to drink water, not focus on what people shouldnt drink or even why their water might be better. It is just more water, said Lawrence Soler, the president of the Partnership for a Healthier America , a nonprofit launched in conjunction with the Lets Move campaign. (MORE: Study Shows the Perils of a Heavy Bottled-Water Habit ) The CDC says that simply eliminating sugary drinks can cut as many as 650 calories from a persons daily caloric intake. However, the campaign will steer away from negative messages against specific types of drinks. Efforts to target soda, such as proposed taxes on its consumption, have failed in states across the country because of well-funded resistance from industry lobbyists. An attempt to ban large servings of soda in New York City was similarly ill-fated. Drink Ups decision to avoid taking on the soda companies is sure to garner its share of critics, in the same way that the Lets Move campaign has been taken to task for its emphasis on exercise and failure to attack the role of junk food and poor nutrition in Americas obesity epidemic.
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The Home Depot was the first major retailer to sell only WaterSense-labeled lavatory faucets, and we now sell WaterSense-labeled products in our nearly 2,000 retail locations across the United water removal services States," said Ron Jarvis, vice president environmental, The Home Depot. To learn more about the 2013 WaterSense Partner of the Year Awards program, please visit www.epa.gov/watersense . About Home Depot The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,260 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2012, The Home Depot had sales of $74.8 billion and earnings of $4.5 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange ( HD ) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index. About WaterSense WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. Since the program's inception in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save 487 billion gallons of waterand$8.9 billionin water and energy bills. @yahoofinance on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Related Content Chart Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the "Enter symbol/company" at the bottom of this module. You need to enable your browser cookies to view your most recent quotes. Search for share prices Terms Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE, and NYSEAmex when available.
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Most LI home water use goes toward lawns
Hot-water systems do have their problems, however. For example, they are usually more expensive to install than forced-air; and they are not easily adapted for air-conditioning or cooling. Water leaks are rare, but should one occur, it can result in serious damage. The heart of the hot-water system is the central boiler. The water in the boiler is heated by gas, oil, or in some older systems, coal or wood. The hot water circulates through pipes to radiators or heating panels that radiate the heat into the rooms. Early hot-water systems relied on gravity to circulate the water. As the water heated, it expanded and pushed into the radiators where it relinquished its heat. After giving up the heat, the water dropped to the boiler. One drawback to the gravity system was that it took time for the water to expand sufficiently to circulate.
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