July 28th, 2021

environment

Let's learn about grey water

I wasn't able to pin down why we were using so much water despite trying not to use water, but after polling the community FB group, I didn't feel so bad. With everyone working from home, we're just using more water.

I don't know why I didn't think of this before, but as I watched the lawn turn brown from the heat dome, I got the brilliant idea of collecting grey water. Grey water is gently used, uncontaminated water that can be used again.

I started by taking a 2 US gallon bucket into the shower with me and filled it even though I had a short shower. Splooosh! It went on the lawn later.

Then, I started collecting water in the kitchen sink with a 1ish gallon tub. It's amazing how much water it takes to wash produce or even rinse something! Sploosh! It went on the lawn later too.

Diverting up to 3 gallons a week or 11.3 litres may not seem like a lot in the grand scheme of things, but it's a start. If I want to start collecting laundry water, here's where I can find the know how: https://greywateraction.org
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Fatal Brain Disease Strikes Two Lab Workers

France Issues Moratorium on Prion Research After Fatal Brain Disease Strikes Two Lab Workers

Five public research institutions in France have imposed a 3-month moratorium on the study of prions -- a class of misfolding, infectious proteins that cause fatal brain diseases -- after a retired lab worker who handled prions in the past was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), the most common prion disease in humans. From a report: An investigation is underway to find out whether the patient, who worked at a lab run by the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), contracted the disease on the job. If so, it would be the second such case in France in the past few years. In June 2019, an INRAE lab worker named Emilie Jaumain died at age 33, 10 years after pricking her thumb during an experiment with prion-infected mice. Her family is now suing INRAE for manslaughter and endangering life; her illness had already led to tightened safety measures at French prion labs.