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Although my mind is having a difficult time reconciling what I see on the calendar and what is actually happening outside my window, Mother Nature has a way of reminding us to be patient. The birds are chirping in the morning, the squirrels are emerging from their winter nests and if you look really, really closely you can almost see the buds on the trees. The promise of spring also brings the inevitable spring thaw, heavy rains and of course, urban runoff.
IDEXX Water is committed to the relief efforts of devastating natural disasters and we have been a contributor to the clean water efforts of the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the world’s oceans and beaches through education and advocacy.
Growing up in the small rural town of Orocovis in the Central Mountain Range of Puerto Rico, my Mom did not have access running water or electricity. The village, nestled in the lush mountain side in the middle of the island, relied on the fresh mountain river that ran through the valley for water – for drinking, cooking and bathing.
In the August 28, 2017 issue of the Federal Register, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the Methods Update Rule that modifies the testing procedures and methods approved for analysis and sampling under the Clean Water Act. In this update, the EPA included an additional approval for Colilert-18 for fecal coliforms in wastewater.
It’s summer. It’s hot. But before you go ahead and run under the sprinkler to cool off, think about this – a typical lawn sprinkler uses about 24 gallons per minute. If I’ve done my math right (go ahead and check), a 15-minute cool down can use about 360 gallons of water. Summertime usually means a significant increase in water use and while there may or may not be water restrictions in your area, it’s always a good idea to conserve water wherever possible.