Arizona Water Pioneers – Carl Hayden

Few people might equate silence with power but that’s just the sort of paradox that defined Carl Hayden. Known as the “Silent Senator”, on the occasions when Hayden spoke before Congress, it was always with brevity and impact. What little Hayden said usually spoke volumes to his colleagues. He was known as a man of … Continue reading Arizona Water Pioneers – Carl Hayden

Arizona Water Pioneers – William Beardsley

Like a late-blooming teenager, 19th century Arizona was still trying to define itself.  Soldiers, miners and rugged pioneers gradually made their way to Arizona to begin life anew in a challenging landscape. These early pioneers quickly realized water was both the key to their survival as well as a powerful force to reckon with. Water, … Continue reading Arizona Water Pioneers – William Beardsley

Abracadabra – Water from Thin Air!

Technologies are now available which can create water from the air – or so they say.  The idea may not be so far-fetched. After all, clouds are merely water vapor floating in the sky. But is this technology viable? Can the sky’s moisture really be harnessed in quantities large enough for human consumption? Let’s take … Continue reading Abracadabra – Water from Thin Air!

“Protein Gets Out Protein”

Do you remember the Era Plus detergent commercial from 1987 which touted the use of protein as an ingredient to help get out protein stains like grass and food? Essentially what they were saying is “like dissolves like.”  Water is known as the “universal solvent” because it has both a positive and negative charge, but … Continue reading “Protein Gets Out Protein”

The Hard Truth about Soft Water

Salt… It’s a known killer but probably not in the way you think. Most of us know the health impacts of too much salt in our diets, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and edema. Though few of us probably think about how salt from our water softeners may hurt our landscape plants. “Hard … Continue reading The Hard Truth about Soft Water

Paving the Way with Porous Pavement

Here’s an engineering riddle:  What has the texture of a Rice Krispie treat but is strong enough to support a fire truck? No, it’s not a snack for Superman. It’s permeable pavement. Permeable pavement, also commonly referred to as pervious or porous pavement, is often created using either asphalt or concrete.  It can also include … Continue reading Paving the Way with Porous Pavement

Sushi, Seaweed, and Sewage

Ah, the delectable taste of sushi. Depending upon on the type of sushi you choose, those tidbits of tastiness embraced in a dark green “nori” wrap are actually encased in seaweed. “Seaweed?” you say. Yes. Seaweed. Nori is the Japanese name for edible seaweed species of the algae genus Porphyra. While this algae has been … Continue reading Sushi, Seaweed, and Sewage