Willoughby Industries Bottle Filling Station

Willoughby Industries’ bottle filling station is designed for parks, golf courses, fitness trails, college campuses, or anywhere people need to have access to filtered water outdoors — even near beaches. All outdoor bottle fillers feature an intuitive design with a simple, vandal-resistant pushbutton or optional infrared operation; sanitary recessed filler spout; quick, 1 gpm fill rate; one-piece, fully-welded construction; standard heavy-duty 14-gauge type 304 stainless steel main column and 11-gauge flange; optional marine-grade type 316 stainless steel for installations near salt water; and a replaceable in-line charcoal filter. It is available as a single bottle filler, bottle filler plus water fountain, or bottle filler plus water fountain and child-height water fountain.

Willoughby Industries. www.willoughby-ind.com

Source: PM Magazine Water Quality

Water-Right Salt Monitor

Water-Right’s Salt Monitor (Model No. CV-3395) features a patented product design and the same easy plug-and-play installation as the Ozone Generator Kit. No additional transformers, relays, or power supplies are needed. It is a standard function of the controller on select products. This feature works by taking a conductivity reading during the water softener’s brine cycle. The program then converts the reading into a percentage value of brine concentration. If the reading is low, an audible and visual alarm is triggered, notifying the homeowner that additional salt is required.

Water-Right. www.water-rightgroup.com

Source: PM Magazine Water Quality

Rehabbed Detroit home goes geothermal

Detroit has endured a rapid rise in size and power in the 20th century and a world-renowned fall in the 21st, influenced by the auto industries and manufacturing in Southeast Michigan. During the height of the Great Recession, more than half of the Detroit residential lots lay vacant, but now, for the first time since it was founded in 1701, the City of Detroit is fundamentally a clean slate for redevelopment, modernization, and rebirth.

Jarmila Senkyrikova, an environmental enthusiast and an avid member of Detroit’s urban farming movement, purchased a previously condemned home located in downtown Metro Detroit. Senkyrikova had lived in Detroit for nearly 10 years in a gated community but desired a home of her own. During the house-hunting process, she found that all readily livable housing presented astronomical price tags for subpar living spaces.

She began volunteering at the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative and discovered a century-old home owned by the farm. The structure was due to be demolished along with several hundred other abandoned properties as part of the mayor’s 2010 initiative to clean up Detroit. After nearly six months, Senkyrikova obtained a clear title to the home located at 256 Horton Street. In September Continue reading

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