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10 Amazing Facts About Water

10 Wateer Facts

January 29 , 2015 | Author: Richard Restuccia | Agriculture

1- There is the same amount of water on earth today as when the earth was formed. (Ewww factor or cool factor?) The water coming out of your faucet today could contain molecules ancient humans used thousands of years ago.

2- Need some cocktail conversation for the World Ag Expo? Frozen water is lighter than water by about 9%, which is why ice floats in water. Remind me of this at the Expo and I will give you a Jain Blog sticker.

3- If the world population continues to grow at the current rate, by the end of the century the world will have over 10 billion people (There are over 7 billion people today). Feeding this many people will require more food to be grown in the next 75 years than all the food ever produced in human history. This food will require lots of water and more efficient methods of irrigation.

4- This is hard for most Americans to believe, a quarter of the world’s population is without safe drinking water. This impacts food production too. You can help by supporting organizations like Chapin Living Waters. To make sure the drinking water in your home is safe to use, you could invest in water filtration products. Check out product reviews here – https://waterfilterway.com/

5- Singing in the shower, next time you shower think about this instead. Two thirds of the water used in a home is used in the bathroom.

6- Older toilets can use up to seven gallons of water per flush. At five flushes per day that is almost 13,000 gallons per year. The EPA has some recommendations about toilets here. Federal plumbing standards specify new toilets can only use 1.6 gallons per flush or almost 3,000 gallons per year. That is still a lot of clean drinking water per flush and also begs the question, why do we use clean drinking water in our toilets?

7- In a five minute shower we use 25 to 50 gallons of water. If you take a Navy shower you will keep this to around 3 gallons of water. That is a boat load of savings.

8- When water contains a lot of calcium and magnesium, it is called hard water. Hardware contributes to breakdowns in cooling towers and boilers. In homes we like to soften hard water which causes issues for our plants.

9- A person can live about three weeks without food, but only about three days without water.

10- The United States uses nearly 80 percent of its water for irrigation and thermoelectric power.

I hope you enjoyed these facts about water. The first step in water conservation is raising awareness of why we need to conserve. hope you will take some time to share some of your favorite facts with others.

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TRICKL-EEZ GOES WITH THE FLOW

ST. JOSEPH – John Nye never got away from the family farm in Royalton Township, but the products made by his company are helping grow food in Peru, Saudi Arabia, Canada and Mexico, as well as all over the United States.

25thNye and his wife, Sandra, own the TRICKL-EEZ Company. “We started in 1972 and incorporated in 1973,” Sandra said, thus the company is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year.

TRICKL-EEZ makes trickle irrigation systems that water plants by letting water trickle onto the ground and into the root system. Fertilizer also can be fed through the system.

Nye has a degree in horticulture from Michigan State University. After graduating, he learned about trickle irrigation from an MSU professor, Al Kenworthy, who had studied the systems pioneered in Israel.withFlow

Back on the home farm after graduating, Nye installed trickle irrigation in a pear orchard. “The results were really outstanding,” he said. Thus TRICKL-EEZ was born.

John farmed full-time for 13 years with his father, Harry, and brothers Gordon and Dale before starting TRICKL-EEZ, then farmed part-time for two more years until the company became full-time.

TRICKL-EEZ is located at 4266 Hollywood Road in Royalton Township, on part of what was the family farm.

What made the system developed by Nye unique was the electronic control system he developed to control the flow of water and nutrients and to direct it to one area or another on a farm.

The system is patented in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Over the years, it bas been refined and simplified.

TRICKL-EEZ supervises installation of new systems and installs the pump and control units, whereas most competitors only sell the parts, according to Nye.

“We started, because of my background, on the fruit industry,” Nye said. Vegetables and tree and plant nurseries came later. “Nursery is probably the biggest share now,” he said.

TRICKL-EEZ has benefited from several trends in agriculture.

• Most nursery stock for retail sale is now grown from scratch in plastic pots, rather than in the ground and then transplanted into pots for sale. Trickle irrigation is ideal for controlling the flow of water and nutrients into each pot.

• Apple growers are shifting to dwarf trees. Because there’s more trees per acre, yields increase, plus harvesting is easier from smaller trees. But dwarf trees have shallower roots than do regular trees, making irrigation more critical, so trickle irrigation is ideal.

• Growers for reasons of economic survival need to grow more high quality produce cheaper. John Nye said supplemental watering of dwarf apple trees with trickle irrigation can result in 90-95 percent top quality fruit, compared to only 60-70 percent with older non-dwarf trees, with or without irrigation.

Whereas 700-800 30-pound boxes per acre of tomatoes or peppers is considered good when grown conventionally, without irrigation, Nye said, growers using trickle irrigation have grown up to 2,000 boxes of peppers and 2,500 boxes of tomatoes per acre.

The ability to grow more on less acres has importance beyond increasing farmers’ profit margins. “We really feel what we are doing is important to the future,” John Nye said. “We have to keep increasing production to feed the people of the world.”

Until now, trickle irrigation has been used in growing fruit, vegetables and nursery stock, which usually has the irrigation lines running along the ground.

But Nye this year helped install two systems in Virginia for growing corn. The pipes were laid 12-14 inches below ground, beyond the reach of chisel plows, and 3-5 feet apart.

He said a similar experimental system in Virginia yielded 300 bushels of corn per acre, far in excess of normal.

Although TRICKL-EEZ has sold systems in foreign countries, including one in Israel, most of it’s business is in the Midwest and the East.

Including the Nyes and a branch in Biglerville, Pa., TRICKL-EEZ has 14 employees.

“There’s a lot of room for increasing sales, but it’s a very competitive business right now,” John Nye said.

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