Monthly Archives: May 2022

Giardiasis and Why You Never Want to Get It

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Water TreatmentGiardia is a nasty little parasite that can cause Giardiasis often requiring a lengthy hospital stay! It exists in contaminated water, and ingestion can result in “projectile” vomiting and severe diarrhoea. These facts became all too clear to unsuspecting lifeboat volunteer, David Deveney after a standard river training exercise. He was exposed to the bacteria, which is linked to sewage, after 2 hours in the River Severn in Wales. An investigation found that there is an 80% chance that the parasite came from human sewage.

Figures show that in 2021, sewage was spilt into rivers in Wales over 95,000 times and in excess of 791,000 hours. However the giardiasis has not been definitely linked with sewage or spills in Wales. Welsh Water stated that spills had a “a limited impact” on Welsh rivers such as the River Severn and River Wye.

Mr Deveney, a lifeboat training manager with the Severn Area Rescue Association in Beachley, became ill after instructing volunteers. He was showing them how to enter and exit the water safely, which involved him being submerged. Shortly after he emerged from the river, he became ill for 3 days which he spent in hospital before being discharged. He was home about a week but had to return to the hospital for another 5 days!

He was off work for three and a half weeks and said “I’ve been through physical hell with the after-effects of the contaminated water.” Giardiasis is a notifiable illness, meaning it had to be reported to Public Health Wales (PHW) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW), and also authorities in England. NRW says “bacteria, viruses, and toxic algae may be present in some water” and to avoid water that “looks or smells bad”.

Brookshaw Stuart offer an extremely high standard of water treatment plant installation and maintenance, ensuring reliable and smooth functioning.

 

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Technology to Combat Climate Change

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Wet Design blogNew technologies to combat climate change seem to be appearing thick and fast these days. Innovators are constantly working away to try to replace every product that relies heavily on fossil fuels etc with renewable solutions. From extracting carbon dioxide from the air to using water as fuel, there are some very exciting changes underway. Each new technology that emerges is viewed as just the tip of the iceberg by scientists and engineers.

These specialists are trained to think outside the box, and they certainly do, envisaging offshore wind turbines grabbing and storing carbon under the sea. They are also interested in essential metals to power electric vehicles being produced by geothermal plants. Batteries used for electric vehicles, can also be adjusted to power homes, saving money and reducing emissions from transportation. Other cutting edge technologies emerging include:

Solar Canals – 4,000 miles of Californian canals have been covered with solar panels. This could potentially save over 65 billion gallons of water, and irrigate 50,000 acres of farmland or meet the domestic water needs of 2 million plus people.

Solar Panels from Food Waste – a type of cladding made from food waste has been developed to mimic the function of solar panels. It can generate energy even on overcast days as it harnesses power from the sun’s UV rays.

Bladeless Wind Turbines – these space saving turbines are designed without blades to oscillate and sway in the wind. The resultant vibrations create electricity.

Microwave Powered Boilers – the company that has produced these electric boilers, hopes they could eventually replace gas boilers.

Underground Hydropower – systems built inside low hills will store and release electricity, faster and more cheaply than traditional hydropower dams.

At Rhinos, we believe in encouraging sustainable solutions wherever possible, which is why most of the hire plant machinery we offer incorporates green technology.

 

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