“Asheville Water Is Worth It 2013” Campaign To Provide FREE Conservation Kit



Beginning February 18th, and until March 18th, Asheville residents can go to Fix-A-Leak Week.org and register for a FREE water conservation kit value at approximately $50. The conservation kit Giveaway is part of a local campaign to help increase public awareness and encourage water efficiency improvements in an effort to help preserve regional fresh water resources. Local businesses and non-profit organizations have pooled resources in a coordinated effort that utilizes the EPA’s national Fix a Leak Week and the international World Water Day awareness campaigns to help bring attention to regional water resource concerns.

The campaign entitled “Asheville Water Is Worth It 2013” was conceived by Chris Hanson, Supervisor of Plumbing Services and Water Efficiency at Warren Wilson College. Hanson is also spearheading coordination and implementation of the event. “We have brought together several community oriented local businesses and organizations that share a concern in regards to long term regional fresh water resource demands and have a strong desire to help raise public awareness to the situation” say’s Hanson.

In an effort to have an immediate impact on water efficiency in the region, the campaign is making available to Asheville residents, a water conservation kit that contains water efficiency products, educational literature, plumbing service discount certificates for local green plumbing companies and helpful information about water conservation.  The kits will be distributed to participating locations throughout Asheville, and become available for consumers to pick-up during Fix a Leak Week 2013; March 18th-24th. Resident are encouraged to register online, in advance of the event to help ensure adequate distribution to Pick-Up locations. “We have received product donations enough to assemble approximately 400-500 of these kits, which is  a lot, and it will be very helpful if we know where people prefer to pick one up. The last thing we want is for people that would like a kit, to have difficulty getting one.” say’s Hanson.

As part of the week long giveaway event there will be a day long event held at the new Wesley Grant Community Center in Asheville on March 22nd; World Water Day 2103. The community center was designed with some environmentally sustainable features that will be of interest to anyone that is interested in sustainable design, including water efficiency, green roof design, storm water management and several other features. Aside from what the attractions the building itself has to offer the community, Hanson indicates that the event, being held between 11:00AM and 6:30PM will provide opportunities to interact with local GreenPlumbers, businesses and organizations that will be available to offer advice, provide educational displays and hands on learning opportunities for adults and children.

If you think Asheville water is worth it, be sure to register and participate in this years Fix-A-Leak Week/World Water Day “Asheville Water Is Worth It 2013” Event.

For additional information or to register for the kit visit: Fix-A-Leak Week.org

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ADHD Symptoms Milder After Green Space Playtime

Here is an ENS article that may be of helpful for anyone with ADHD or with children diagnosed with the condition.

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois, September 16, 2011 (ENS) –

Children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder who regularly play outdoors in areas with green grass and trees have milder symptoms than those who play indoors or in built outdoor environments, University of Illinois researchers report.

The study of more than 400 children with ADHD found the association, which holds even when the researchers controlled for income and other variables. Although many children with ADHD are medicated, most “would benefit from….

Read the full story here: http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/sep2011/2011-09-16-092.html


And the leak goes on and on and on!

Readers may recall a story posted in February 2010 wherein I attempted to bring attention to the challenges of Asheville’s aging Asheville water distribution system infrastructure. The story focused on a particular section of large diameter iron pipe with lead packed joint seals. This pipe is part of the primary water distribution system that transmits water from the North Fork and or Bee Tree reservoirs to Asheville and beyond.

In my previous reporting the visible water leak from this pipe was calculated at approximately 200,000 gallons per year. During my most recent inspection, on September 5th 2011, I again found a leak, considerably worse than I had seen during any of my prior inspections. The current rate of leak was measures at approximately 650,000 gallons per year or 1780 gallons per 24 hour period. On September 4th 2011, I measured the rate of leak at approximately 630,000 gallons per year.  The leak shown in this video is worsening on a daily basis. Keep in mind the rate of leakage increase as water usage diminishes at night which and pressure builds within the system.

Asheville’s water maintenance department has again been alerted of the condition and they will certainly act to address the leak. The effort will likely be no more than previous, which is to re-pack the existing lead seal, rather than replace the failing pipe joint. During the 8 years that I have been monitoring the section of piping, this routine has played out several times, and each time the leak has resumed worse than the previous. This type of repair is a temporary fix and will not last; the leak will reoccur with a couple months. Sections of Asheville’s antiquated system can not accommodate the pressures necessary to meet growing consumer demands.

As this system continues to age, the risk of catastrophic failure rises. If we take into consideration the added potential stresses caused by recent movements in Eastern fault lines that have been quite for decades, our worry is even greater. Asheville’s 10 year strategic plan does not include replacement of this failing water distribution infrastructure. Surely Asheville has this in their Planned Obsolescence Strategy? Even if this necessary upgrade were in their plan, current financial conditions would almost certainly prevent implementation for many years to come. Catastrophic failure is likely to be the catalyst that will bring about upgrading Asheville’s failing water system.

I wonder if they are better prepared for such an occurrence than they were when flooding of Asheville occurred in September 2004. The severity of the flooding that occurred in 2004 was due to the failure of a primary transmission line that draws from the North Fork reservoir. Emergency release of water from the reservoir washed away a section of this very old pipe. As I recall the majority of Asheville residents were without water for a more than week. The reason it took so long to repair the pipe was due to a lack of available materials due to its age. Does Asheville have a stock of materials to make emergency repairs to this section of piping when we have the next catastrophic failure?