Septic systems

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaLike hot water and electricity, your home septic system is one ofthose things you may not think about every day. That is, until itstops working. Then it’s all you think about.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialist Kent McVaysays an easy way to prevent septic system problems is to haveyour system inspected every few years. Training the state’s installers”Septic system installation used to be as simple as knowing a guywith a backhoe,” McVay said. “Now, installation is much moreprofessional. And the state requires installers to attend whatamounts to one day of training every two years to earn eighthours of continuing education credits.”UGA specialists, engineers, state environmentalists and industryconsultants teach with both classroom and hands-on field trainingin the UGA program.About 4,000 Georgians are employed as installers. Another 400soil scientists and engineers work in the field, McVay said.With 70 percent to 80 percent of new home construction using on-site septic systems, McVay says septic system installation should be regulated because improper installation can severely impact public health.”The soils in Georgia are capable of taking careof this waste,” he said. “But the systems need to be installedcorrectly.”For a list of upcoming trainings, call McVay at (770) 233-5506or email him at [email protected] Pay now or pay laterIf you haven’t had your home septic system inspected in fiveyears, McVay recommends making an appointment with a septic tankpumper.”You may not want to spent the $200 or $300 for the inspectionand pumping now,” he said, “but it’s a lot cheaper than diggingup your lawn and installing new drain fields because youneglected your system.”McVay recently joined the UGA faculty in Griffin, Ga., asdirector of the university’s wastewater management educationprogram. He teaches proper septic system installation proceduresto installers across the state and at on-site training centers inGriffin and Hazlehurst.Each site demonstrates various types of septic system designs.The sites and the training program are funded by the GeorgiaDepartment of Human Resources, with support from the GeorgiaOnsite Wastewater Association.center_img An ounce of prevention”It’s not a pleasant topic, but it’s something that has to bedealt with,” McVay said. “The easy way to remember it’s time tohave your septic system cleaned is to have it done every electionyear.”To help extend the life of your home septic system, McVay offersthese tips:* Minimize water usage. “Your system can handle only so muchwater at a time,” he said. “Keep that in mind when you’re washingclothes, taking showers and running the dishwasher.”* Don’t use a garbage disposer. “If you’re on a home septicsystem, compost your kitchen scraps,” McVay said. “This canreduce the organic load by as much as 50 percent and help yourhome garden, too.”* Reduce harsh chemical usage. “Don’t use chlorine bleach toclean everything in your home,” he said. “Moderate use is okay,but excessive use kills the useful bacteria that are working tobreak down bacteria in your septic system.”last_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesia finally begins contact tracing of patients who tested positive in Singapore

first_imgAn Indonesian Health Ministry official confirmed that the ministry had received information from Singaporean authorities regarding Indonesian citizens being treated for COVID-19 in the city-state, saying that authorities at home had started tracing the patients’ close contacts.“[We] have received the information from the Foreign Ministry,” the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said on Saturday. “We have started tracing.”However, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Sunday that the standard protocol implemented worldwide was that information sharing was supposed to be conducted through inter-ministerial communication – by the ministries in charge of public health in each country or between officials in charge for handling such a communicable disease. In a separate statement Friday, a spokesperson for the Singaporean Health Ministry denied the allegation, saying that “Singapore and Indonesia are state parties to the World Health Organization International Health Regulations (IHR)”, and that “Singapore has promptly shared information with Indonesia through the official IHR channel on all the confirmed COVID-19 cases involving Indonesians, to facilitate contact tracing in Indonesia”.“The Indonesian IHR national focal point (NFP), who is an official from the Indonesian Health Ministry, has acknowledged receipt of all correspondences on these cases sent by Singapore’s IHR NFP,” the spokesperson added.As of Sunday, Indonesia has recorded 96 confirmed cases, resulting in five deaths. Meanwhile, Singapore has recorded 212 cases and zero deaths.The WHO stated in its report on Saturday that the pandemic had reached 136 countries, with 13 new countries having reported their first cases. At least 5,393 people have died from the lethal virus but more than 73,900 have recovered worldwide. (asp)Topics : “That is the information being shared by the Health Ministry with the Foreign Ministry,” said the ministry’s spokesman, Teuku Faizasyah.The Indonesian government claimed that Singapore had insisted on withholding the personal information of several Indonesian citizens believed to have shown COVID-19 symptoms in Jakarta and tested positive for the lethal virus in the city-state.At least eight people with COVID-19 in Singapore are believed to have contracted the virus in Indonesia, two of whom are Singaporean citizens with a history of travel to the archipelago.   Yurianto claimed the Health Ministry had asked for the identities of the Indonesian citizens from Singapore but authorities in the country rejected the request, saying that such behavior had hindered the Indonesian government from conducting tracing at home.last_img read more

Trash fees could raise to $12 in Greensburg as soon as October

first_imgStreet Commissioner Mark Klosterkemper speaking to Greensburg City Council Monday evening.Greensburg, IN— The Greensburg City Council voted in favor of an ordinance on it’s first reading at Monday’s meeting that could raise trash fees to $12 immediately. It still requires a second vote in approval at the September meeting.  This increase is nearly 4 times what is currently charged.Mark Klosterkemper, City Street Commissioner stated that the trash removal fees collected for the city do not currently equal that of what the city pays to send the trash to the dump in tipping fees. The increase would be in effect starting on the October water bills if approved again.  The ordinance also has provisions to collect an additional $5 per extra trash can collected per household as well as allows for a 3% increase each year starting in 2022.last_img read more

Bravo says `honest discussion’ needed on contentious Windies first policy

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad  (CMC) – All-rounder Dwayne Bravo is anticipating an “honest discussion” between the new Cricket West Indies (CWI) leadership and players regarding the contentious ‘West Indies First’ policy, and has warned that finding a workable solution will be crucial to the future success of the limited overs side.A former one-day captain, Bravo, said the enforcement of the policy in recent years had marginalised key white ball players, and had ultimately led to the decline of the Caribbean side in both the Twenty20 and one-day formats.“They (CWI) cannot just continue to be hard masters to say West Indies First policy – it can’t work like that,” the 35-year-old told i95.5 FM in an interview Thursday.“It doesn’t make sense to demand these things on players. Players have opportunities now, it’s no longer West Indies First; it’s sit down, have an honest discussion, know what’s best. You guys (CWI) get back our services now and it’s only going to be better for West Indies cricket if we play.“And if we go down the road of West Indies First policy and we say ‘fine, we’re not playing’ then you see the results. For example, (look at) the one day team, they haven’t won a series going on five years. The last time the one-day team won a series was when I was captain of the team. “The T20 team, look at it now, after Darren Sammy is gone and removed – look at the state of West Indies T20 team. The T20 was our most dominant team and then look at the condition of West Indies T20 team now all because of the previous administration being vindictive and small-minded.“It’s not going to help Caribbean people, it’s not going to help Caribbean cricket. Everyone just needs to be smart and want the best.”The controversial policy, enforced under the last Dave Cameron-led administration, required players to participate in CWI domestic competitions, in order to be eligible for international selection. It was an attempt to force players to commit to West Indies duty over the lure of global Twenty20 leagues.However, the policy resulted in several of the region’s high-profile players being sidelined from international selection, and the weakening of the limited overs side.West Indies lie eighth in the ICC Test and ODI rankings are ninth in T20s – the format in which they are the reigning World champions.Bravo said going forward, it was essential that players and CWI strike the right balance between franchise commitments and international selection.“I already have contracts from now until 2021. There is a tournament in every country where cricket is played and I had a chat with Floyd Reifer who is the coach and let him know: listen, some of these series that are going to be played are obviously going to be clashing with these leagues,” Bravo said.“It’s going to be unfair for West Indies or the board to ask us to give up these contracts to come back and play; but we can give up a league to play a series but they also have to allow us to play couple leagues also. “They can’t expect us to cut our contracts. We have to find a balance where everyone is happy. It cannot be one-sided; it cannot be West Indies way or no way. We have to sit down as professionals and big adults.”The next 12 months will be crucial for West Indies as they prepare to defend their T20 world title next year in Australia in the event which runs from October 18 to November 15.last_img read more

‘Slow Adventure’ tourism plans for Donegal

first_imgA new sea route and slow adventure experience could be on the way to the north west, as two new eco-tourism experiences were considered by local authorities in Donegal and Derry.A number of special meetings have taken place recently in the River Watch Visitor Centre in Derry which have brought together project partners from across the globe involved in the promotion of Slow Adventure experiences, through the SAINT (Slow Adventure in Northern Territories) and Cool Route tourism initiatives.The COOL Route Project – Cruising Oceans on Latitudes above 51 Degrees North – investigates all aspects of the potential to establish a yacht cruising route along the western offshore areas of the Northern Periphery Area, stretching from Co. Cork in the South of Ireland, to the UK (Northern Ireland and Western Scotland) and onwards to the Faroe Islands and Norway.  As an ecotourism product, exploiting the natural resources of the area in a manner that is sustainable and environmentally viable; this new sea route will be marketed internationally and will have a common branding, booking and information system. The SAINT Project has eleven partners across seven countries all working to develop new visitor experiences which will result in the creation of a transnational Slow Adventure Brand. The aim of the SAINT project is to encourage more tourists to come to the areas to enjoy and experience the outdoors and engage with remote, wild and nature-rich places.Donegal County Council is delighted to be working in partnership with such a wide range of destinations, with representatives from Scotland, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Northern Ireland all sharing their research and experience. Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Alderman Hilary McClintock, said the Slow Adventure concept had particular relevance for local companies. “Both the SAINT and Cool Route projects are innovative and exciting in their approaches, and have a wealth of experience to pass on to local businesses. “This partnership approach to tourism offers the opportunity to learn from examples of best practice and new ideas based on the first hand experiences of companies from around the world”.“These businesses all have the shared objective of creating new and effective ways to enhance the tourism offering of their region and the creation of a strong multi-national brand and we can really benefit from sharing their insights. I would really encourage local tourism businesses to find out how they can get involved.”The partnership will now continue its work over the coming months aiming to use the knowledge and resources shared by the partners to develop new tourism initiatives tapping into the unique resources and features of the region. Over the coming months the partners will continue working on opportunities around project collaboration and maximising the business opportunities for SME’s in the region around Slow Adventure and Marine Tourism. The Cool Route and SAINT Projects are funded through the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme, under the Interreg IVB NPA Programme.‘Slow Adventure’ tourism plans for Donegal was last modified: November 14th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more