If you haven’t already heard about the ZIKA virus, then we’re glad you stopped into our blog, because we want to inform as many people as possible. Yes, this virus is serious, as the World Health Organization has already ranked it a “public health emergency of international concern,” which we’ve seen in the past with the H1N1 pandemic as well as the Ebola outbreak back in 2014. What exactly is the ZIKA virus though, you might ask?
Some people infected with the ZIKA virus may not show symptoms, and others may show mild symptoms. The symptoms that this virus can cause include fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain, and headaches. Symptoms can last any from a few days to a couple of weeks, and once a person is infected one time, they will likely be protected from any future infections of ZIKA. So what makes this virus so risky?
There are a few things to keep an eye open for when it comes to the ZIKA virus. If a pregnant woman is infected with the virus, her baby could have a birth defect in the brain, which is called microcephaly, and other severe brain defects as well. There could be defects of the eye, hearing deficits, or even stunted growth. There are also some signs of Guillain-Barré syndrome in some people that get affected as well.
There are many ways that this virus can be spread, unfortunately. One of the most common ways that it can be spread are through mosquito bites. If a mosquito bites a person that is infected with the ZIKA virus, then bites into another person who is not affected, they will catch it. This is especially dangerous for outdoor works, and OSHA has even gone out of their way to give recommendations for keeping outdoor workers safe from ZIKA, but we’ll talk about that in a minute. Generally speaking though, employers should be warning their workers about the risks of being exposed to ZIKA to keep their team safe.
Generally speaking, to avoid infection, you’ll want to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, and treat your clothing/gear with permethrin. When it comes to using insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites, you’ll want to use one of the EPA registered insect repellents, and it must have one of these active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol. Make sure not to use insect repellents on babies less than two months old though, as it could be harmful for them. At home, you’ll want to stay in cooler areas, especially with air conditioning, and keep all windows and doors shut or screened off so that insects can’t get in. Lastly, make sure to use protection during intercourse, as ZIKA can be transmitted sexually as well.
We hope that this information has helped, because the more people we can help prepare, the more we can prevent the virus from spreading worse than it already has. If you are infected, be sure to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, take medicines to reduce fever, avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, and talk to your healthcare provider about any further medications that you should be looking into. Remember, knowledge is power, so be sure to share this blog with your friends and family so that we can stay prepared together!
Unlike anything we've heard of before in the past, we recently heard about how one oil rig crew in California came together with water well rig professionals to unconventionally aid with drought relief. California, was recently in a bit of a dry spell, but one team, headed by Scott Belknap in Dinuba, California, figured out a way they could help.
After having a conversation with a salesman of Atlas Copco named Joe Beloso, Scott Belknap was able to learn that a piece of equipment called the Atlas Copco RD20 could be used as a water-well drilling device. Traditionally speaking, the RD20 is a 120,000 pound powerhouse and is fully capable of pullback strong enough for the oil fields, but it turns out that the RD20 is also compact enough to take on municipal water wells and agricultural water wells too.
Beloso got on the phone with his colleague, Ray Kranzusch after their talk, who connected Beloso with some of the top RD20 hole contractors in the oil and gas industry, and from there they developed a mutually beneficial solution for both the water and oil industries.
"Although RD20s were developed for presetting casing in oil and gas projects, Kranzusch says their use in other applications is not unusual, ranging from ventilation shaft drilling and creating grouted pilings, as well as drilling water wells," as explained to us by the Water Well Journal.
That being said, the crew was able to put the RD20 to work with no extrenuous amount of additional time or training, as they would normally with unfamiliar rigs. While working under a water well contractor, the crew was able to use a reverse circulation technique with the RD20 while making the transition. It was a perfect situation, since Scott Belknap is quite familiar with the area, since his family has lived in California for almost 100 years.
Belknap told the Water Well Journal that, "We don't need a map to tell us 7 miles that way, you'll be drilling in 'Old Faithful,' getting 1000 gallons per minute, but 10 miles this way, you'll be lucky to see 20 gpm."
With his knowledge of the land's agriculture and his connection with the local community, his history within the area helps Belknap get his done easily and efficiently. At the end of the day, the switch from drilling into water wells instead of drilling into oil patches was simple and effective for this crew using the RD20 and reverse circulation techniques. All in all, the cooperation between the water and oil professionals was great for the agriculture of this California town, as well as for some of California's driest areas, and even more drillers are showing an interest in this new innovative technique.
Although we normally say that water and oil don't mix, this tactical solution to drought relief in California shows us that when great minds come together, anything is possible.
While many of us are counting our lucky stars that we dont live in California and dont have to worry about water shortages, this doesnt necessarily mean that we wont be facing the same issues in the future.
As the CBS news story states, "Water experts say groundwater is like a savings account – something you draw on in times of need. But savings accounts need to be replenished, and there is new evidence that so much water is being taken out, much of the world is in danger of a groundwater overdraft."
Unfortunately, Califonia has some of the best land for growing crops and agriculture. So while they continue to determine the best route to go, everyone in the United States will feel the immediate effects of drought if and when crops fall victim to the very dry weather.
And as the story also states another terrifying fact:
"A 2012 report from the director of National Intelligence warned that within 10 years "many countries important to the United States will experience water problems… that will risk instability and state failure…" and cited the possible "use of water as a weapon or to further terrorist objectives." So what can we do? It starts with us and being aware of the situation at hand.
Aqua Pump has written several blogs in the past about conserving water that we all could read over as a simple reminder. It comes down to basic, simple awareness steps to ensure we have clean water for years to come. For more information or ways to conserve, please look over our other great blogs on our website! For more information on ways to ensuring healthing, clean drinking water in Connecticut, dont heistate to contact our team at (860) 684-5349. Aqua Pump is proudly located in Stafford Springs Connecticut, serving the entire state of Connecticut.
In a previous blog, we talked about earthquakes and how they affect well water and other water sources. However, after doing a little research, what if the lack of water could be playing a role in earthquakes?
According to theguardian.com, the lack of groundwater might be playing a rolde in earthquakes. As they state, "A new study, published in Nature on Wednesday, said groundwater depletion in California's Central Valley – the heart of its agricultural industry – is putting additional pressures on the fault, and promoting the chances of an earthquake."
With the California population continually growing, the chances of ground water be replenished is becoming more and more difficult. With this growing problem, the fault lines will continue to have pressure placed on them.
Earthquakes are a reminder that natural changes in our environment and earth can and will affect our drinking water, making testing that much more important. While we may not have earthquakes at the same magnitude like West Coast locations, even small earthquakes can change your well water. If your area has been affected by a earthquake, make sure you contact your local CT water company like Aqua Pump for more information, steps to take and possible water testing.
We will continue to think of those affected by the most recent Southern California earthquake and will continue to monitor water tables here in Connecticut and the East Coast. Our fault lines and data can teach us so much about water changes and future potential threats.
For more information, feel free to call Aqua Pump at (860) 684-5349.
In recent days, roughly 42 water tested wells have come up positive for Uranium. The additional testing had been issues after Uranium and Arsenic had been tested positive in other communities. At this time, the other communities have not been specified, this is just one more alarming reason why homeowners should have their well water tested annually.
As NBC Connecticut states "Residents with wells that test positive for uranium at levels above the accepted norm are urged to stop drinking and cooking with the water until it can be treated. According to city health officials, residents can use a filtration system. A reverse osmosis system or an ion-exchange system are recommended by the officials."
The health risks from Uranium and Arsenic can be serious and long-term, meaning, the side effects don't always arise early on.
Regardless of taste of water, residents are responsible for testing and are urged to test once a year. Aqua Pump has been a leader in water testing throughout Connecticut and you can contact us to schedule a water test as well as answering your questions and concerns.
Contact us today at (860) 684-5349 to schedule or discuss more about water filters and water testing in Connecticut!