150 years ago when elegant water fountains like this one in Paris were a common site, very few parts of the world had piped water in their homes and businesses.
These beautifully crafted pieces were so heavy they were almost impossible to knock down - surviving both World War I and World War II, however the limitation was and still is you can only use them to fill a bottle, one person at a time.
Today in Australia our water is managed by councils, county councils and government owned water corporations with very limited private sector ownership. This is a similar pattern of ownership to France and much of the USA. In the UK all water was privatised by Government in 1989. Whether privatised or in public ownership, many of these water providers across the world have introduced modern water fountains for their communities.
This up-to-date stainless steel water fountain design lets people do much more than just fill their bottles.
It also features:
- An antibacterial tap holder
- A drinking fountain
- 2 bottle filling points - this means 3 people can use the fountain at the same time
- An animal/bird bowl for your dog, cat, camel or budgie to have a fresh drink of water
Water fountains mean people buy less throw-away bottles this means less waste and litter.
The new designs of refillable water bottles are BPA-free which means they can be used over and over again and chemicals from the bottle won't dissolve into the water.
It's claimed that a BPA-free bottle can be used up to 10,000 times and still be safe.
That's 3 refills every single day for almost 10 years!!
Your refillable bottle will become your trusty companion for a long time so maybe you'd like to name it,
here are some suggestions: PETTLE or BOTTLEMATE or LIFEGIVER or WATERMAID.
Ever thought of a timer for your trigger nozzle (the hand held water nozzle)?
Simply attach the timer to your hose next to your trigger nozzle.
Then you can work out exactly how long you are watering for.
Follow the times below and you can water your garden pretty quickly: making sure your plants get enough water without wasting any.
TALL PLANTS: 2 - 5 metres - 2 minutes/plant
MEDIUM PLANTS 1 - 2metres - 1.5 minutes/plant
SMALL PLANTS 0.5 - 1metre - 1 minutes/plant
GROUND COVERS Up to 1/2 metre - 45 seconds/plants
These watering times will make sure your plants get enough water without wasting any
The Heat is On
We've had a few very hot days now.
In many part of Australia there's been 1 day 40 C or above per week for the last 3 weeks.
A taste of summer has now arrived.
Will this increase so that there are more days per week are above 40 C this summer ?
The Bureau of meteorology (BOM) is still saying that the Pacific Ocean is warmer and warmer and that more rain and more heat is likely.
BOM says that the high temperature years of 1982-1983 and 1997-1998 are the sort of heat levels we can expect this summer .
Check in with this blog and we'll keep you posted on the latest predictions for summer temperatures this year and ways that you and your family can keep cool and reduce your water use .....