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Old 08-20-2021, 05:17 PM   #101 (permalink)
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Old 08-20-2021, 05:30 PM   #102 (permalink)
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Oregon's governor recently announced a water emergency, and some counties are implementing restrictions.

We're being asked to only water on odd or even days, depending on our address.

How in the heck does that conserve water? I water about every 5 days, which would result in alternating odd and even days, but is nowhere near as frequently as every other day.

This is an example of a dumb idea to solve a problem.

Why don't they implement tiered pricing, where the first x amount of water consumption is relatively cheap, while amounts exceeding that become exceedingly more expensive? They could make that tiered pricing only apply in the summer when we don't get rain.

I wonder how costly it would be to install smart water meters that can report wirelessly like power meters? It would need to stick out above the valve box in the ground, so that's a little tricky. It would allow people to see real time use though and probably help many people identify leaks they weren't aware of. Some sources say 25% of residential water is wasted to leaks or breaks.

Fixing leaks would do a lot more than a dumb "every other day" watering scheme.
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And of course, the ships which pull the icebergs will all be electric- powered, running off renewable energy, so as not to create anymore CO2 and black carbon soot, responsible for accelerated rates of iceberg calving events they'd be taking advantage of, and for an unspecified amount of time until there's no more polar ice, because of the CO2 and soot.
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Yet the journey poses risks. Due to their size icebergs can flip over in transit, causing fatal accidents. They must be also wrapped in specially designed insulated material to reduce the melting rate during the journey. It is no surprise that the process can therefore be expensive.
That's not a bug that's a feature. It flips on the axis one wants to constrain so one can lathe a hydrodynamic template out of it. The insulation could be an air curtain for that hypervelocity delivery to reduce shrinkage.

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....above the surface where wind energy is abundant. Magnus Effect aerofoils, else semisubmersibles pulled by tugboats pulled by kites.
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I wonder how costly it would be to install smart water meters that can report wirelessly like power meters? It would need to stick out above the valve box in the ground, so that's a little tricky. It would allow people to see real time use though and probably help many people identify leaks they weren't aware of.
Can't be that expensive since they are retrofitting them in Reno. They don't need to be aboveground except for the antenna module which is flush with the access cover. They talk over cell phone every so often. That was the limit of the techs knowledge. I have no realtime access to the data and none is planned. They suck for leak detection unless you wait a good long while for the units to tick over that 1/10th gallon. I miss my old one.

The water company says the majority of use here is watering the grass.
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The impoundment looks to be 12x18ft? (based on the width of the tire track) And it powers 300 conventional homes?
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I looked back to see if this is the thread where I documented the technology to super-clean heat exchangers. Instead I found Permalink #84.*



The linear boxer configuration provides overlapping phases of compression, so no startup spike in load. I want to retrofit my two-cylinder air compressor, the one with the 60-gallon tank that needs a new AC motor. Basically scrap everything but the tank and the wheels.

*Since I mentioned the 14th Century treasure fleet, I learn that the CCP have closed their 2nd largest container shipping port over one case of a vaccinated worker falling ill. If true, this is the modern-day equivalent of the retreat into the Hermit Kingdom. One can hope.
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