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April 2016

Last Week Tonight – Lead

By | 2017-05-09T22:21:26+00:00 April 29th, 2016|Blog|

The water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan is no joke. However, it didn't stop comedian John Oliver from going on a hard-hitting and hilarious tirade, tearing apart Michigan's government for the cover-up. Oliver pointed out how flawed both the system and those who control it were leading up to the situation. He pulled no punches [...]

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Bathroom $avings

By | 2017-05-09T22:21:26+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Blog|

If you're conscious about spending money, one of the most haunting feelings can come from thinking about the costs you aren't aware of on a daily basis. Low-flow plumbing is a great way to put your mind at ease. We waste a lot of money when we use the bathroom. Whether it be flushing several unnecessary [...]

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Low-Flow Toilets

By | 2017-05-09T22:21:26+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Blog|

Low-flush (or low-flow) toilets are a great way to save green both environmentally and financially. Some toilets can use as much as 7 gallons of water per flush. Low-flow toilets, on the other hand, use around 1.6 gallons per flush. This can save users as much as 13,000 gallons of water a year! That amounts [...]

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Composting Toilets

By | 2017-05-09T22:21:26+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Blog|

  A composting toilet is a form of "dry" toilet. These toilets are used by the environmentally-conscious as well as in situations where water or proper sewage systems are unavailable. Inside the toilet, you'll find a mixture of materials used to promote aerobic processing - a method of digesting/breaking down the waste. This mixture often [...]

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Japanese Toilets

By | 2017-05-09T22:21:26+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Blog|

Japan has something of an odd toilet situation that may surprise many visiting foreigners. There are two primary types of toilet in Japan: a very simple toilet which requires users to squat rather than providing them with a seat and some of the most high-tech toilets the world has ever seen! The squat toilet was [...]

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What is Sludge (and Where is it Going)?

By | 2017-05-09T22:21:26+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Blog|

Sludge. It's not a pretty term. But what it is and how we handle it is worth knowing. Sludge is the term for semi-solid waste which has been filtered out from liquids in sewage. Basically, raw sewage enters what's called a "setting tank". It isn't long before the "solid matter" separates out and sinks to the [...]

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5 Fascinating Facts About Plumbing

By | 2017-05-09T22:21:26+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Blog|

1. The word "plumbing" is derived from the Latin plumbum meaning "lead". The pipes used in Roman times were made of lead. 2. Boston and Montreal used wooden pipes in the 1800's. The wood would rot over time, giving the water a woody taste. 3. Albert Einstein was declared an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters [...]

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What Happened in Flint Michigan?

By | 2017-05-09T22:21:26+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Blog|

  During a time of financial crisis, Michigan officials decided to save money by switching Flint's water supply from Lake Huron (which Flint was paying the city of Detroit for) to the Flint River. The Flint River is infamous for its foulness. After the April 2014 switch, residents stated that their water looked, smelled and [...]

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