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7 Quick and Easy Ways to Conserve Water

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Considering the fact that an increasing amount of communities nationwide are suffering from severe droughts, it is more important than ever to conserve water.

Cutting down on your family’s water usage will not only conserve a precious resource, but it will lower your household’s utility bills. A few small changes have the ability to save thousands of gallons of water per year, so here are some quick and easy tips that will get you started.
1. Have a shower bucket
Instead of watching water go down the drain when waiting for your shower to warm up, stick a bucket under the faucet. You can use this leftover water to flush your toilet, to cook with, or to water your plants at another time.

2. Turn off the tap
You don’t need the tap to be running while brushing your teeth or washing your hands. Save gallons every day but making this simple change.

3. Invest in efficient fixtures
Old shower heads can waste up to five gallons of water per minute. Investing in water saving shower heads and faucets, low-flow toilet bowls, and an energy saving dishwasher can knock your utility bill down substantially.

4. Water your plants in the morning
Watering as soon as you wake up will mean less water, as the cooler temperatures will lead to less evaporation. Plus, watering in the evening can promote mold growth.

5. Install a water well to save water
According to the CDC, over 15 million American households rely on private water wells for drinking water. Doing so is a great way to conserve water as it uses cool groundwater to quench the thirst of your family. You will not have to worry about running the tap to wait for it to get cool, or wasting excessive water as you will only use what you need. If you are interested in being sustainable and environmentally friendly, speaking to well specialists about how to go about water well drilling in your yard is a great way to invest in long term water conservation.

6. Keep pitchers of drinking water in your fridge
This way you will always have cold water and won’t have to wait for the tap to cool.

7. Use your water meter to check for leaks
Notice your water bill creeping up higher and higher? This is a sign you could be suffering from a leak, so staying diligent is crucial.

Conserving water doesn’t have to be complicated. Just follow these tips and Mother Nature will thank you!

UCSF Study Shows How Brain Cells React to Thirst and Drinking

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Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco just released a study showing how brain cells can predict the hydrating effects of drinking well water.

According to MedicalXpress, this new discovery challenges the current views of how our brains respond to thirst, which is that the brain tells us to stop when it detects a change in liquid volume or blood concentration. For years, scientists have wrestled with a simple problem in this line of thinking: as soon as we drink water, our thirst is sated, long before our body actually absorbs and responds to that water.

So how does our body know we should stop feeling thirsty, even while our cells are technically still dehydrated?

The new study shows that subfornical organ neurons make us feel thirsty when they receive signals that blood volume has decreased or the blood is too concentrated. But those same signals can’t work in reverse when it comes to telling us to stop drinking water.

USCF’s Zachary Knight, PhD, and the senior author of the study, states that those signals won’t work in revere action because thirst is satiated immediately after someone starts drinking.

“You drink a glass of water and you instantly feel like your thirst is quenched,” said Knight, who also teaches physiology at USCF. “But it actually takes tens of minutes for that water to reach your blood. You eat something salty and you instantly begin to feel thirsty even though that food is just in your mouth. The dominant model that thirst is a response to changes in the blood didn’t explain that.”

The study was first conducted on mice, where researchers targeted specific neurons in their brains to shine with light when active, and they used fiber optic probes to determine the activity of these neurons whenever the mice were drinking water. The researchers found that as soon as the mice started drinking water, the SFO neuron activity stopped and the mice stopped drinking. By studying the mice, UCSF researchers determined that these SFO neurons must also be connected to nerve sensors in the throat and mouth that can detect water and food consumption immediately.

In roughly 37% of Americans, their thirst mechanism is often mistaken for hunger because it’s so weak. This new research will help us better determine what makes a person’s thirst mechanism weak and how we can improve it. Drinking water is the most fundamental requirement for life on earth, and even today many people rely on their own sources of water.

Residential water well drilling specialists can locate an area of your property, decide where and when to begin the drilling process, and then provide you and your family with a residential water well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 15 million U.S. families rely on household water wells for their drinking water, which equals out to 79.6 billion gallons of well water per day (the equivalent of 2,923 12-oz. cans for everyone in the country).

If you’re interested in developing your own residential well, then contact DCA Drilling today to learn more about having a water well on your property.

Accessing Groundwater and the Importance of Working With Professionals

well contractorsYou’ve probably heard this once or twice before, but water is important. It’s important for our planet, our health, our industries, and our everything. It’s just as important that we make sure the water we are dealing with is as safe as possible.

Groundwater
About 25% of all rain turns into groundwater. It becomes a major waste if we don’t use this free source of water. The Center for Disease Control reports that more than 15 million households in the U.S. use wells to access groundwater for drinking. That number could be even higher if everyone took advantage of this water.

Why It’s Important
According to the National Ground Water Association, about 44% of the entire U.S. population depends on groundwater for drinking water. If we were unable to access this free water there would be a lot of consequences.

How to Access
It’s one thing knowing that the water is there, but it’s another to actually access that water. Whether your business needs to access groundwater on its property or you want clean drinking water for your home, there are water well services that can help. Drilling companies like DCA Drilling can provide drilling for businesses as well as residential well water systems.

Hiring well contractors
There are a few things you should keep in mind when looking to hire well contractors. Experience is probably the most important factor. You are dealing with a source of water for a potential family or business so there are many risks involved. An experienced well contractor will know that testing the groundwater can help prevent any future dangers. Hardness, for example, is the most common problem associated with groundwater. Hardness can result in an increase in calcium and magnesium dissolved into the water. Another important aspect of successful well contractors is proper cleanup. An experienced contractor will know to cover a well after drilling.

If you are curious about accessing water on your property and want to start drilling, contact DCA Drilling and Construction Inc. today!

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