Weird Water News – February 27

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • It might not be the best time to go swimming… the waves in Nantucket are partly frozen, resulting in “slurpee” waves!
  • Anyone up for some catfish? Dino Ferrari caught a 280-pound catfish in Italy’s Po River!
  • Want to walk across the Hudson River? The Hudson River is slowly freezing like it did in the 1800s, causing ferry delays and closures and forcing the coast guard to use a 140-foot ice breaker to ensure the waters remain passable.
  • Your eyes aren’t deceiving you! Huacachina looks like a mirage but it is actually a fully functional town of less than 100 people in the middle of the Peruvian desert!
  • The Orchestra of Ice? Several musicians recently performed a concert during this year’s Ice Music Festival in Geilo in Norway using only instruments made of ice!

Weird Water News – February 20

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Is it still a waterfall if the water is frozen? After weeks of sustained cold temperatures, all three sections of Niagara Falls appear to be frozen – though the Niagara River still flows under the ice.
  • Speaking of frozen waterways… Ninety-eight percent of Lake Erie is covered in ice! The Great Lakes as a whole are experiencing 85.4% ice cover.
  • The cold might not bother Disney Queen Elsa, but it certainly bothers the people of Harlan, KY! The police department in the small, rural town has issued a joke warrant for Elsa’s arrest.
  • Move over Loch Ness Monster, there is a new water creature! In celebration of the 100th birthday celebration of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, a giant ice dragon is being sculpted from 60 tons of ice!
  • Most of the country is battling snow and the cold, but one family is battling for space on their kayak! One family took advantage of the warm weather in Santa Barbara by kayaking in the harbor when a young sea lion hopped on board for a ride!

¡Felicidades The University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras Joins Hundreds of Schools by Banning the Bottle!

UniversityofPuertoRico Logo ¡Felicidades The University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras Joins Hundreds of Schools by Banning the Bottle!The student-led campaign to remove plastic bottles from campus began in 2010  after several students in the Eco-Environmental Society participated in a research project studying the impact of bottled water on the environment and on the college campus. The Eco-Environmental Society then worked to educate the campus on the negative effects of bottled water, including the large amount of waste that is produced, the contribution to climate change this waste creates, the privatization of water, and the limited regulation and safety around bottled water.

Of the course of the next year, the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras will work to completely eliminate the sale of bottled water at campus-based businesses and increase the availability of bottled water alternatives, like hydration stations. The University Board recently voted unanimously to consider this initiative for the other campuses – eleven in total – in the University of Puerto Rico system.

Congratulations University of Puerto Rico! Join the University of Puerto Rico and hundreds of other colleges and universities, by eliminating bottled water from your school or business!

Weird Water News – February 13

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Want snow? Kyle Waring of Manchester, MA is selling snow from the recent snowstorm and at $12.99 for 16 ounces, it is a steal!
  • Water judges? At the 16th annual Great American Water Taste Test, three water judges named the water from Easthampton, MA as the best water in the United States, based on the water’s taste, clarity, and bouquet.
  • Just in time for Valentine’s Day! A Portland-based company will be releasing the “Love Bottle,” a reusable glass bottle with space for you to design your own positive label.

Congratulations, Bemidji State University on Banning the Bottle!

BottledWaterBan 150x141 Congratulations, Bemidji State University on Banning the Bottle!The student government at Bemidji State University, part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, voted unanimously to pass a bill banning the sale of plastic water bottles. BSU is the first in the MnSCU system to ban the sale of bottled water on campus, though two non-MnSCU campuses in Minnesota, Macalester and the College of Saint Benedict, have already banned the bottle.

The bill was put forward by seniors Alex Miller and Seth Hofland with the aim of fostering environmental sustainability and access to free water rather than commercial water. As the bill reads, “The production and distribution of bottled water is an unsustainable industry. Bemidji State University should not invest in the bottled water industry’s attempt to deny the basic human right to have access to clean drinking water.”

The bill would ban the sale of bottled water on campus, with the exception of Chet Anderson Stadium, starting fall of 2016. However, the BSU administration must also approve the bill before the sale of water is actually banned, though the unanimous vote would be a strong incentive for support.

Join Bemigji State University and hundreds of other schools that have banned the bottle, by switching to bottleless water coolers from Quench!

Weird Water News – February 6

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Maybe they need some sweaters? Over 300 manatees have been crowding into the warm waters of the Three Sisters Springs in Florida as ocean temperatures have dropped substantially.
  • For science! Researchers from the University of Alaska are investigating methane gas emitted from permafrost by lighting gas bubbles on fire.
  • Move over ice hotels… Builders have created the Ice Church high on a remote mountain in Romania.
  • A reusable water bottle that stays cold! Andrew Weckman is working to develop a self-cooling water bottle that will keep water at 55 degrees for up to 8 hours!
  • Maybe he was watching a funny cat video? A man was so engrossed in his cell phone he failed to see the giant humpback whale swimming about 2 feet from him.

Weird Water News – January 30

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Some people put ice cubes in milk to make it extra cold – these cows decided to skip the middle man! Firefighters had to rescue two cows that had plunged through an icy pond.
  • Heard of crystal blue water, but never black water! The water in a Southern California community south of Los Angeles is black, but Golden State Water Company contends that the water is safe to drink.

Weird Water News – January 23

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Bill Gates drinks water produced from human waste! The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded the “Omniprocessor”, a steam-powered sewage processor that burns solid waste and creates both potable water and electricity. Bill Gates has tasted the water recently.
  • Everyone wants to purify waste water – researchers in Finland are developing a water purification technique that is seven times more energy efficient than current methodology – freezing it!
  • Bouncing water? Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a metal that is so hydrophobic that water bounces off of it!
  • A playground of ice? Workers are building an ice playground in Alaska in preparation for the annual world ice sculpture championships.
  • Beautiful but dangerous – the water off the shore of Hong Kong is glimmering with a beautiful blue fluorescent glow, however the glow is produced by potentially toxic algae.

Weird Water News – January 16

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Couldn’t agree more, Humphrey! Humphrey, an 8-week-old British bulldog puppy, hates bottled water and expresses his hate by barking.
  • Move over, Calvin and Hobbes! These brothers built a 12-foot-tall and 37-foot-long sea turtle snow sculpture in their parents’ front yard.
  • Not to be out done by the Bartz’ brothers snow sea turtle – the Ragel-Moreland family created a 45-foot icicle in their front yard.
  • Speaking of snow and ice – an ice storm in Hawaii has kept the Mauna Kea summit inaccessible for more than a week!

Happy New Year! 5 Ways to Drink More Water in 2015

Keep Calm and Drink More Water 510x594 e1391112833421 Happy New Year! 5 Ways to Drink More Water in 2015Drinking more water will help you maintain a variety of New Year’s resolutions, including losing weight, getting organized, staying fit and healthy, and even falling in love! So why not make “Drink More Water” your New Year’s resolution this year? Here are 5 easy ways to make sure you keep your resolution:

  • Switch to reusable! If water is more readily available, like in a reusable water bottle, you are more apt to choose water over sugary drinks. Also it acts as a visual reminder to drink water!
  • Add flavor or bubbles! Does water taste boring? Add a slice of lemon or cucumber to spice up your water. Feeling adventurous? Try adding lemongrass or other herbs for a tasty flavor. Still need something more? Try sparkling water! Or add some flavor to sparkling to create a healthy soda drink without the sugar!
  • Track your intake! Try one of the many apps – WaterLogged is our favorite – to track your daily water intake. The app will send you reminders to drink water throughout the day! Make sure you aim to get the recommended daily amount – 3 liters for men and 2.2 liters for women.
  • Make it part of your morning! Before reaching for your morning coffee, drink a glass of cold water. You might actually end up drinking less coffee and feeling more awake in the morning! Added benefit? It will help jumpstart your metabolism and help you lose weight.
  • Eat it! Just because most fruit is out of season, doesn’t mean you can’t eat your water! Make some soup or other brothy meals to increase your water intake and stay warm. Or sip on some warm cider or hot tea to stay warm.

Say hello to 2015 with a tall glass of filtered water!