Our water pipes crawl with millions of bacteria
Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have discovered that our drinking water is to a large extent purified by millions of “good bacteria” found in water pipes and purification plants. So far, the knowledge about them has been practically non-existent, but this new research is about to change that.
Every year, on Ganesh Chaturthi, one should break the pot and get new pot. This is to avoid graha peeda (pain) (We call it viral or bacterial infection) arises due to accumulation of doshic properties from water by pot soil, through out the year.
Pottery is a perfect life science.
Three reasons why we replace earthen water pot.
1) Sustainable economy for the families engaged in pottery
2) Cooling. Water in pot cools down
3) For better efficiency to absorb toxins/extra minerals
Fresh earthen pots have multitudinous and crisscross narrow channels running from inside to outside of their walls like in a sponge. Or, we say that the walls of fresh earthen pot are highly porous.
When water is held in such fresh earthen pot, part of the water bleeds out through these pores by capillarity and interfacial affinity and makes the outer surface of the pot rather wet.
However, the water from inside cannot gush out though these pores like a shower because of the crisscross nature and narrowness of the channels and the fineness of the pores.
Thus, the effective exposure area for water in a fresh earthen pot, is not only the top meniscus in the pot but also the wetness on the outer surface of the pot. When water evaporates from these surfaces, the molecules leaving the pot take along heat from the pot’s walls and the water in the pot becomes cooler.
Potable water is not pure water; it contains some minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium salts, suspended particles, dissolved oxygen and carbon dioxide, etc among others.
During the course of usage, some of these calcium and magnesium ions in water tend to precipitate as insoluble carbonates and sulphates which gradually plug the pores and channels of the pot walls.
The suspended particles, dust collected inside and outside the pot during usage and some algal and moss growths also block these pores and discourage the development of wetness of the outer walls of the pot.
In the event of decreased net area of exposure, the rate of evaporation and the scope for loss of internal heat is drastically reduced.
That is why earthen pots lose their efficiency in keeping the water cool after being used for a few years.
PROF. A. RAMACHANDRAIAH
Department of Chemistry
National Institute of Technology Warangal
So even if we clean their surface and give sun exposure, they are less efficient.
Many organisms invaded and occupied terrestrial and aerial niches, but none gained true independence from water.
Water connects the dots.
Water is life line.
Water is God!
Water is truly a crucial determinant of the fitness of the environment. In a very real sense, organisms are aqueous systems in a watery world.
And we thought, its coffee(or cola or other beverages) that makes our day! lol !
Do you enjoy drinking water? Or your senses are weakened enough and need special ingredients coffee, tea and cola!
True! Need of the hour! Where is purest water resource?? One more area where focus should shift soon, immediately! Pure do cure!
अप्स्वन्तरमृतमप्सु भेषजमपामुत प्रशस्तये। देवा भवत वाजिनः॥१९॥
जल मे अमृतोपम गुण है। जल मे औषधीय गुण है। हे देवो! ऐसे जल की प्रशंसा से आप उत्साह प्राप्त करें॥१९॥
Imagine the world with no ground water. Look at the map. It is already happening. No water, no life.
Our modern life is designed to create isolated silos. We are disconnected from our basic necessity sources. The technology-progress arrogance is so high that we really don’t care about being part of the natural cycle.
In luxury bath, you will waste plenty of water because for you, supply is unlimited!
I see new generation apartments and homes using guzzling amount of water from bore-well with absolutely no activity related to water re-charge.
And when we talk to them, selfish scums will reply: “Who cares? We pay for the water bill. We must get our share! You go to hell!”
Teach your kids importance of natural resources. Don’t raise them in urban silos. Expose them to harsh realities of this planet.
May be, we (our kids) will need yet another Bhagirath (भागीरथ – extreme) efforts to welcome Maa Ganga again. Our generation is foolish enough to waste water.
Water is disappearing. Use it moderately. Train kids to use water frugally.
In many parts of the world, in particular in the dry, mid-latitudes, far more water is used than is available on an annual, renewable basis. Precipitation, snowmelt, and streamflow are no longer enough to supply the multiple, competing demands for society’s water needs. Because the gap between supply and demand is routinely bridged with non-renewable groundwater, even more so during drought, groundwater supplies in some major aquifers will be depleted in a matter of decades. The myth of limitless water and the free-for-all mentality that has pervaded groundwater use must now come to an end.
Earth’s Disappearing Groundwater
Our human body is the most sophisticated machine made of five elements – earth, water, fire, air and space. All these five elements have their own memory. That’s why they behave uniquely in their own way.
It has also been proved scientifically by our modern scientists that water has a memory. Water can remember the touch of anything. In the Hindu temples, the priest gives 3 drops of water, as it remembers the holy vibrations of the divine idol. This water is called as “Theerth” by Hindus. When the people have this water, they can remember the divine vibrations within them. The same water which is the composition of H2O can be poison depending upon the memories carried by it.
Because of this fact, we should concern about its storage. If we store water in a copper vessel, all over the night or at least 4 to 5 hours, it acquires certain qualities of Copper which is very good for health and also energy.
Benefits of water stored in a copper vessel:
• Helps to produce melanin in the body, which is very much useful for the skin to prevent from harmful UV rays as it causes skin burns and skin cancer.
• Copper mineral has a unique quality which prevents the growth of harmful bacteria.
• It detoxifies the liver.
• It helps to maintain healthy bones, powerful immune system and good digestion power.
• Copper is also an antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic that prevents cell damage and slows aging.
• Copper may prevent degenerative diseases, heart diseases, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, cataracts, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes.
• Copper can reduce bad cholesterol level and helps in increasing beneficial cholesterol.
• It especially helps for the people who travel frequently as it detoxifies the body.
Once we get awareness of the functionality of five elements of the body then we understand our body very well which leads to love our life with more ease.
Since we all know that health is wealth. But it is not about to be super being, it is all about to realize that being human is a superb experience… 🙂
NOTE : While drinking water from a copper vessel one should not be barefoot !!!
In case you are regularly taking in water kept in copper pot then you should stop for a couple of weeks after 3 mths of continuous usage.
Ambitious political schemes and govt campaigns often don’t consider crucial facts associated with mass level implementation.
When Central govt announced toilet schemes, I asked my self : “Is it really a Central Govt’s job to decide how I should defecate? Is it not local habits formed based by terrain and environment?”
Mind you, I am with the idea of highest possible sanitation. And against open defecation in highly dense urban centers. But you cannot impose same everywhere!
First photo is from mexico. Water-less toilet. (Via Prof Anil Gupta’s twitter stream, IIMA)
Second photo is from a book published in 1950 (In Gujarati) on subject of Vastu Vidhya (Indian Architecture) where idea of water-less toilet is discussed. The result is सोन-खातर (Fertilizer worth Gold!) every six months! Idea is not discussed as some innovation but as normal practice! Book is for those who used to build homes for self.
What do we do now? We replace old sustainable designs with water guzzling western toilets! 🙂 And that too when we all sense acute scarcity of clean water!
How do waterless toilets work?
What is a waterless toilet?
Waterless toilets use urine diversion and the natural processes of decomposition and evaporation to breakdown and reduce the volume of human waste, transforming it into a soil-like compost material. The decomposition/composting and evaporation process can be thought of as what happens to a banana peel when left out in the open. It starts out yellow, moist and smelling like a banana with a relatively thick skin – after a few days it becomes a black, shriveled up, odor-less, dried out fraction of itself. That is decomposition/composting at work. Waste entering the toilets is over 90% water, which is evaporated and carried back to the atmosphere through the vent system. The urine diversion system carries sterile urine to storage containers to be diluted and used as fertilizer or discharged directly into the ground via a shallow soak pit.
India Groundwater: a Valuable but Diminishing Resource
Groundwater in India is a critical resource. However, an increasing number of aquifers are reaching unsustainable levels of exploitation. If current trends continue, in 20 years about 60% of all India’s aquifers will be in a critical condition says a World Bank report, Deep Wells and Prudence. This will have serious implications for the sustainability of agriculture, long-term food security, livelihoods, and economic growth. It is estimated that over a quarter of the country’s harvest will be at risk. There is an urgent need to change the status quo.
Random notes on water.
The waters which are from heaven, and which flow after
being dug, and even those that spring by themselves, the
bright pure waters which lead to the sea, may those divine waters protect me here.’
How beautiful is the rain!
After the dust and the heat,
In the broad and fiery street,
In the narrow lane,How beautiful is the rain!
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Summer rain is here, feel the rain, resonate with rain,
dance on the beats of rhythm divine & bring purest soul home
अथर्ववेदीय जल सूक्त
(१,४.१अ) अम्बयो यन्त्यध्वभिर्जामयो अध्वरीयतां । (१,४.१च्) पृञ्चतीर्मधुना पयः । ।१ । ।
(१,४.२अ) अमूर्या उप सूर्ये याभिर्वा सूर्यः सह । (१,४.२च्) ता नो हिन्वन्त्वध्वरं । ।२ । ।
(१,४.३अ) अपो देवीरुप ह्वये यत्र गावः पिबन्ति नः । (१,४.३च्) सिन्धुभ्यः कर्त्वं हविः । ।३ । ।
(१,४.४अ) अप्स्वन्तरमृतं अप्सु भेषजं । (१,४.४च्) अपां उत प्रशस्तिभिरश्वा भवथ वाजिनो गावो भवथ वाजिनीः । ।४ । ।
(१,५.१अ) आपो हि ष्ठा मयोभुवस्ता न ऊर्जे दधातन । (१,५.१च्) महे रणाय चक्षसे । ।१ । ।
(१,५.२अ) यो वः शिवतमो रसस्तस्य भाजयतेह नः । (१,५.२च्) उशतीरिव मातरः । ।२ । ।
(१,५.३अ) तस्मा अरं गमाम वो यस्य क्षयाय जिन्वथ । (१,५.३च्) आपो जनयथा च नः । ।३ । ।
(१,५.४अ) ईशाना वार्याणां क्षयन्तीश्चर्षणीनां । (१,५.४च्) अपो याचामि भेषजं । ।४ । ।
(१,६.१अ) शं नो देवीरभिष्टय आपो भवन्तु पीतये । (१,६.१च्) शं योरभि स्रवन्तु नः । ।१ । ।
(१,६.२अ) अप्सु मे सोमो अब्रवीदन्तर्विश्वानि भेषजा । (१,६.२च्) अग्निं च विश्वशंभुवं । ।२ । ।
(१,६.३अ) आपः पृणीत भेषजं वरूथं तन्वे मम । (१,६.३च्) ज्योक्च सूर्यं दृशे । ।३ । ।
(१,६.४अ) शं न आपो धन्वन्याः शं उ सन्त्वनूप्याः । (१,६.४च्) शं नः खनित्रिमा आपः शं उ याः कुम्भ आभृताः । (१,६.४ए) शिवा नः सन्तु वार्षिकीः । ।४ । ।
- Water is mother and sister for those who know right usage of water.
- Rivers are flowing like honey is mixed with milk
- That water is good for health which is blessed by Sun Rays
- Those rivers where our cows drink water, from we prepare Havi, should be praised.
- Water is nectar. Water is medicine. Due to water’s qualities, horses and cows gain strength.
- O Water! Please replenish us with your nectar!
Eagerly waiting for that real fragrance of mother. Fresh post-rain fragrance of soil.
Following Vedic Hymn gives perfect voice to the intense urge we all have for our mothers. The Vedic praise hymns to the Earth Mother cover a wide range of aspects: physical, organic, metaphysical, ethical and cosmic. No aspect of existence is kept out of its fold.
May we develop/regain back sensitivity to sense mother Earth and live like a responsible son.
Instil in me abundantly that fragrance,
O Mother Earth, which emanates from you
your fragrance which has entered the lotus
where with the immortal Gods at the Sun-daughters wedding
were redolent, O Earth, in times primeval —
instill in me that fragrance.
Your fragrance that adheres to human beings
O Earth, steep us, too deeply in that fragrance
[Atharva Veda, 12.1.23-26]
यस् ते गन्धः पृथिवि संबभूव यं बिभ्रत्य् ओषधयो यम् आपः |
यं गन्धर्वा अप्सरसश् च भेजिरे तेन मा सुरभिं कृणु मा नो द्विक्षत कश् चन ||23||
यस् ते गन्धः पुष्करम् आविवेश यं संजभ्रुः सूर्याया विवाहे |
अमर्त्याः पृथिवि गन्धम् अग्रे तेन मा सुरभिं कृणु मा नो द्विक्षत कश् चन ||24||
यस् ते गन्धः पुरुषेषु स्त्रीषु पुंसु भगो रुचिः |
यो अश्वेषु वीरेषु यो मृगेषूत हस्तिषु |
कन्यायां वर्चो यद् भूमे तेनास्मां अपि सं सृज मा नो द्विक्षत कश् चन ||25||
शिला भूमिर् अश्मा पांसुः सा भूमिः संधृता धृता |
तस्यै हिरण्यवक्षसे पृथिव्या अकरं नमः ||26||
Prepare self to welcome monsoon! Wish you great monsoon! 🙂
Thanks to our living under continuous mass media influence, we see solutions to real problems in sentiments.
Milk production in factory like Cold-drinks and sugar production, is water intensive enterprise. Sane society would not prefer it. Esp. when we are under extreme drought conditions.
Organized dairy is one of many heavy water using industry. UNLIKE many countries, New Zealand is blessed with abundant fresh water.
Growing Chinese demand for milk powder means farmers are increasingly switching from meat production to dairy, thereby increasing their water use. Dairy farming is also polluting freshwater supplies, as phosphates and nitrates seep into groundwater. This has become a political issue, not just for the Maori: many of the rivers and lakes loved by all Kiwis are no longer safe to swim in. The most likely outcome is a fudge that avoids saying anyone owns New Zealand’s fresh water. But the Maori may get more influence over some water, or even an allocation.
Same story in India. Amul like organized dairies are no different than Coca cola and pepsi plants, polluting water and using lot of it.
Water, water everywhere
But no guarantee against squabbling over ownership
UNLIKE many countries, New Zealand is blessed with abundant fresh water. Its temperate climate, regular rainfall over much of the country, and thousands of lakes and rivers ensure a good supply. But who owns these larger bodies of water? The government’s answer is, no one: not the state, nor any group or individual. But some of those who have lived in New Zealand longest, the Maori, disagree.
The Maori claim a special relationship with New Zealand’s fresh water, based on their historical use of its rivers for drinking water, spiritual beliefs, fishing and shellfish harvest, transport and trade, among other things. Their case goes back to 1840, when the British Crown and most of the Maori tribes signed the Waitangi treaty, which first formalised the colonists’ settling of the islands. Maori rights were enshrined in the treaty. An interim ruling by the Waitangi tribunal, set up in 1975 to deal with Maori grievances about land and related issues, says that the Maori have freshwater rights “for which full ownership was the closest cultural equivalent in 1840.”