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The “festival” is upon us! Sweetwater 905 is happening June 13-14-15 in Rolla, BC. The Sweetwater 905 Arts and Music Festival is held on a scenic working ranch, located 16 kilometers north of Dawson Creek. The event presents the best local talent and great performers from other regions, including visual art exhibits, literary pieces, music, and other performance art. I’m just listening to “Episode #54 – Sweetwater 905 – 20140421” on Mixcloud, and I can tell it’s going to be such a great edition of the festival. Check out this impressive line-up: This year’s musical performers offer everything from country and folk to hip hop and blues. Artists taking the stage include C.R. Avery, Scott Dunbar, Dave Soroka, the Sweetwater Ramblers, B.A. Johnston, Al Simmons, Folky Strum Strum, Chris Culgin, Samantha Scott, the Stray Crows, the Party on High Street, Two Bears North, Twin Peaks, High Society, Misery Mountain Boys and Ted Russell Kamp. Literary artists Kim Goodliffe and Ivan Coyote will be bringing their talent to the event. Visual artists include Peter von Tiesenhausen, Karl Mattson and Nora Curiston. Attendees can also enjoy the performance art of Emma Cooper and Lost & Found Puppet Co. To find out more, visit the festival website. I am working on a calendar of Sweetwater 905, featuring photos from the 2013 edition (price will be around $20 including shipping – part of the proceeds will go to the festival). To order one (or many!), email me at Here are a couple of shots of last year’s edition. You can also see more photos here. What a unique setting for a BC music festival!Continue Reading

Choosing Home Water Filters & Other Water Treatment Systems

Step 3: Consider how the filter fits your home, lifestyle, and budget. Many different types of filters are available to consumers. Determining which type is most appropriate for you—or whether you need a filter at all—depends on what functions you want a filter to provide. No filter eliminates all contaminants, so understanding what filters do and do not do is important. What does the filter remove? Read the label to see if it is NSF-certified.  If it is, you can search NSF’s database external icon to learn more about what a particular model is certified to protect you against. Labels on water filters also typically state the contaminants that are reduced, which can help to guide your choice. Be sure to read labels carefully yourself and verify the manufacturer’s claims with an independent source, as not all sales representatives will be familiar with your needs. Keep in mind that most brands include many different types of filters. Salespeople might be able to help you make an appropriate selection, but remember that they are sometimes paid to sell a particular brand. You should check claims and read the fine print on filter packaging for yourself and ensure that it will work for your purposes before purchasing. Don’t assume that if the filter removes one contaminant, it also removes others. Filters that remove chemicals often do not effectively remove germs, and vice versa. Some water treatment devices that remove chemicals, such as reverse osmosis, ion exchange, or distillation systems, might also remove fluoride. Children who drink water with levels of fluoride <0.6 ppm might need a fluoride supplement. Check with your child’s pediatrician or dentist for specific recommendations. How much does the system cost? The prices of different filtration systems can vary widely, from simple systems that can cost under $20 to complex systems costing hundreds of dollars and requiring professional installation. In addition to the price of purchasing and installing the system, consider the cost, schedule, and ease of maintenance, such as changing filter cartridges. In order to continue to work properly, all water treatment systems require maintenance. How much-filtered water do you need? Some filters are slow, while others can filter large amounts of water quickly. If you only need the filter for personal drinking water, you may not need a fast filter. What kind of system do you need, and how does it fit into your home? Filters commonly found in homes and stores includeContinue Reading

How to Filter Water at Home: Tips, Safety, and Instructions

A good way to ensure you’re drinking clean water is by filtering it. While you can purchase bottled water that a company has already filtered, you can also filter water yourself. The method you choose to do this — and there are several — will likely depend on your: water quality goals budget desired level of effort This article focuses on do-it-yourself (DIY) water filtration methods, which you can use whether you’re at home, traveling, or in nature. Share on PinterestCavan Images/Offset Images DIY water filtering methods The best water filtration method for you will depend on your environment, your budget, and how much effort you want to invest. You can purchase relatively small home water filters at many hardware and homeware stores. Many of them are canister-style filters that couple directly with your kitchen faucet. Some offer a variety of filtration cartridges to choose from, depending on your filtering needs. You can also use a number of DIY methods to filter, disinfect, and purify water yourself. They may come in handy, especially when traditional systems aren’t an option. Below are some common DIY water filtering methods you can use. Boiling Heating water at a rolling boil for 1 minute makes it safe to drink. Boil it for 3 minutes if you’re at an elevation above 6,500 feet (1,981 meters). In the event of a local boil water advisory, experts recommend people boil their water to prevent infectious diseases (1Trusted Source, 2Trusted Source). Tablets or drops Some common water purification or disinfecting tablets and drops include: sodium dichloroisocyanurate chlorine dioxide iodine tetraglycine hydroperiodide To use, follow the instructions on the package and drop the tablets into the water to purify it, letting them sit for a directed period of time. UV treatment In this approach, you allow ultraviolet sunlight to shine through the water. This damages the DNA of harmful germs, disinfecting the water by removing bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. Adding lime juice can help speed up the solar treatment process (3Trusted Source). Activated charcoal Activated charcoal can take up and store toxic compounds, smells, and germs. It can also reduce fluoride and heavy metals. However, it doesn’t appear to be very effective at removing bacteria, viruses, or hard water minerals (4Trusted Source, 5, 6). To use it, simply put the charcoal in a sock or cloth bag and pour water through. Travel-size sediment filters These store-bought filters are designed to removeContinue Reading

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