This Is Definitely Not What You Want To Happen When You’re Inspecting A Boat


Here's how I feel about large bodies of water:

And here's how I feel about people willingly diving into large bodies of water for extended periods of time:

So you can imagine my concern when I came across this video that was shot back in 1991 by a few divers inspecting a damaged boat.

Of course, the boat went ahead and sustained damage on the hull instead of literally any other part, which meant that it had to be inspected from the water. "We made the assumption that if the ship was tied up, the bridge wouldn't turn on the [propellers]," one of the divers explained. "We were wrong."

Oh, honey bunches of NO.

<h3>I was about 80 percent over the ocean before I watched this video, and I've officially reached 100.</h3> <p>I'll stick to dry land. Thanks.</p> </div></div></div><p>Read more: <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>

Rain barrels help gardeners and conserve water

DENVER — Homeowners can now collect rainwater from their rooftop downspouts, thanks to House Bill 16-1005, passed last summer. Colorado is the last state in the U.S. to legalize rainwater collection, according to Blake Osborn, a Colorado State University Extension water specialist. “The new law breaks with a long precedent in Colorado water law that […]

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New Denver Water rates start April 1

DENVER — The Denver Board of Water Commissioners adopted rate changes to fund essential repairs and upgrades to Denver Water’s system, beginning April 1, 2017. Monthly bills for a majority of Denver residents will increase by about $ 2.50 or less if they use water the same as they did in 2016.

There are 162 major projects identified in Denver Water’s capital plan, ranging from replacing aging pipes and failing underground storage tanks to upgrading water treatment facilities, warehouses and mechanical shops. These projects, in addition to Denver Water’s expenses associated with day-to-day operations and unplanned work, like water main breaks, are funded by water rates, bond sales, cash reserves, hydropower sales and fees for new service (called System Development Charges). 

“Denver Water is a regional water supplier, serving more than one-quarter of the state’s population,” said Penfield Tate, president of the Denver Board of Water Commissioners. “We are always going to need to retrofit, repair and replace parts of our system, much of which is more than 100 years old, to deliver a reliable water supply to our customers. We are committed to balancing the perspectives of our ratepayers, some of whom believe our rates are too low, and some who believe we need to help keep rates low.”

In 2016, the board adopted a new rate structure that shifts rate revenue from a heavy reliance on water use toward a more stable fixed fee. To continue that shift, the fixed monthly charge — which is tied to meter size — in 2017 is increasing by about $ 3 for a majority of residential customers. Most Denver Water customers have a 3/4-inch meter and will be charged $ 11.86 each month. To help offset the fixed monthly charge, the charge per 1,000 gallons for many customers will see a small decrease in 2017.

To keep water affordable, particularly for essential indoor water use, and to continue sending a conservation message, Denver Water’s rate structure includes a three-tiered charge for water use (called the volume rate). This structure ensures water used for drinking, cooking and sanitation is charged at the lowest rate, and water used for outdoor watering is charged at a higher price.

Individual water bills will depend on how much water a customer uses and whether the customer lives in Denver or is served by one of 66 suburban distributors under contract with Denver Water.

“Many distributors along with Denver Water are faced with the need to upgrade and replace critical infrastructure and meet increasingly stringent water quality regulations,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, chairman of the Denver Water Distributors Rates and Fees Technical Advisory Committee. “Distributors recognize and support the need to provide adequate revenue in a reliable and consistent manner, and we support the move to increase the amount of funding generated from the fixed service fee, as well as the modest increase in 2017 water rates.” 

The Denver City Charter requires that suburban customers pay the full cost of service, plus an additional amount. Learn more about how this works: Why Denver water costs more in the ‘burbs.

Denver Water operates and maintains more than 3,000 miles of distribution pipe — enough to stretch from Los Angeles to New York — as well as 20 dams, 22 pump stations, 30 underground storage tanks, four treatment plants and more. The water provider’s collection system covers more than 4,000 square miles and operates facilities in 12 counties in Colorado. 

Get more details and watch a video about the upcoming capital projects: Your water bill is going up (slightly) Here’s why

Customers will see more information about 2017 rates on their bills and on Denver Water’s website over the next few months.


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Fighting for humanities rights for clean water

Irene Glazer

We heard about what was going on with the plight of the Indigenous people, as well as the environmental issues surrounding the Dakota Excess pipeline (yes, I said excess) at Standing Rock, and were drawn to go… to help…or just to Stand.

Once there, one immediately feels the cause and it’s all consuming. You might not know exactly your mission when you arrive, but when the morning wake up call goes out, your mission finds you. There’s something about being called a “relative” by people whom you have never met before…immediately tells you that, yes, we are all connected, we are in fact, all ONE. This was a gathering of humans like none other. Prayerful, peaceful, people who are willing to drop everything, and help one another, at a moment’s notice. They are genuinely fighting for all of humanity’s right to clean water. “If you drink water, we’re fighting for you!” is the battle cry. The black snake puts 17-million people’s fresh drinking water at risk.

The camp was much more organized than we had expected. Since people have been there since April of last year, there are regular meeting times and rules posted throughout. No alcohol. No drugs. People get ejected immediately for any shenanigans. A large information board greets you near the sacred fire. The kitchens, as well as medical tents (with an amazing array of botanically based medicinals) are well stocked, plenty of port-a-pots, there’s even a school. People naturally fall into roles whether that be medics, cooks, kitchen help, etc.…and everyone is eager to help. Is this some sort of utopian society?

The needs at Standing Rock are many…In general; more numbers of people is the main one. We have to be able to help hold the line and make a strong stand against the pipeline company. The bigger the numbers the better for that purpose.

For those who decide to make the journey, make sure to be ready for anything. Come as you are, but be self-sufficient. If you have forgotten something there seemed to be plenty of supplies with regard to donated clothes and food.

Winter is extremely harsh in North Dakota, and most of the needs are based on building temporary shelters, and keeping warm. Tools. Shovels. Propane. Military tents. Cots. Zero degree sleeping bags. Solar panels. Heavy-duty winter gear (think arctic conditions). Also, it would be nice for someone to bring down a huge set of reusable table ware and silverware (at least 100) so that there is less waste created by feeding all of those people.

For those who cannot make the journey, there’s still plenty you can do to help:

Make phone calls, sign every petition you see, cut the lifeline to the pipeline, by withdrawing all of your funds from the big banks (especially the ones who are funding this pipeline). 

1. Make donations to the Northwest Denver led initiative building solar panel trailers for Standing Rock at:

2. There’s a huge need for funds for the legal assistance of the water protectors who have unfortunately been arrested, and suffered at the hands of the highly militarized police force, as well as funds to build temporary shelters.

3. Make 3 calls right away:

• Army Corp of Engineers to tell them to reverse the permit on the pipeline!
(202) 761-5903.

• The White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

• Wells Fargo CEO Timothy J. Sloan. Tell him that their bank has had enough issues, and this could be one that is easy to rectify, and would do wonders for the banks reputation. 866-249-3302.

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These Kids Didn’t Know What To Think When They Were Approached By Police…

                          <div class="content">                    <h3>Above all, cops are paid to protect and serve...but if you were to ask the officers at the Dixon Police Department in Illinois, they'd probably say the job is about more than that.</h3> Helping the community, solving crimes, these duties are just part of the work...but no one said they had to take time out of their busy and sometimes dangerous days to do this. 

Recently, these neighborhood kids were battling the summer heat by playing with water guns in their yard when all of the sudden, officers from the Dixon PD attacked them — with more water guns!

This is so cute.

It’s so nice to see videos of cops having fun just like the rest of us. Let’s all use our phones and cameras to capture more moments like this.

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Denver Water to drain Antero Reservoir

As part of a major rehabilitation project to bring Antero Dam in line with current engineering standards, Denver Water will begin draining Antero Reservoir this summer.
The project, a $17 to $20 million undertaking that began in 2013, will ensure the century-old dam will operate safely for… #AnteroReservoir, #DenverWater, #Water