November 10, 2014
C HRISTOPHER CAPORALE, 21, of Havertown, is a St. Joseph's University junior and founder of Waterless Works, a water-free mobile car-wash business. The new, five-person startup allows customers to schedule a car wash at a time/place that's convenient. It says each of its car washes saves 38 gallons of water, and for every car wash completed five gallons of clean water is donated to WaterisLife, a charity that provides clean drinking water to families in Ghana, Kenya and India. Q: How'd you come up with the idea?
November 9, 2014 |
Hauling water in a five-gallon container a couple of hundred yards from communal spigot to campsite has reinforced my tendency to conserve. You, no doubt, have reasons of your own. Here are water-saving tips, compiled from a variety of sources: Turn off the water while you brush your teeth. You'll save three gallons per brush. Running only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher can save 75 to 200 gallons per week. It takes 30 to 40 gallons of water to fill a bathtub, five to 10 gallons of water per minute to take a shower.
November 4, 2014 |
When Theatre Exile opens playwright Lucas Hnath's darkly topical Red Speedo on Wednesday at its Studio X headquarters, it's not the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd that will be most noticeable. Rather, the pungent scent of chlorine and the splashing of pool water will predominate. Set designer Colin McIlvaine has created a locker-filled training area complete with the edge of an Olympic-sized pool (18 inches deep; no swimming) for Hnath's caustic tale of doping and the moral dilemmas at its heart: How far would you go for the ultimate win?
November 2, 2014 |
The free bottled water that has been offered for months in Paulsboro in response to a contaminant in the water supply will come to an end Saturday. The discontinuation follows a letter from the state Department of Environmental Protection to the borough Water Department last month lifting a water advisory. The department "does not believe it is necessary to continue the restriction on the consumption of drinking water in Paulsboro," said the Oct. 3 letter from Fred Sickels, director of the DEP's Division of Water Supply and Geoscience.
October 26, 2014 |
The other day, four rowers from Father Judge High, in the midst of a three-mile workout on the Schuylkill saw a man in a single scull steam up - and go right past them. "It was pretty impressive; the singles don't go through them," said Charles Murray, one of the Judge coaches, who saw it from his launch. "They saw the size of him. We all got a laugh about it. " The high school guys certainly hoped the speedster was racing Saturday in the Gold Cup, the marquee event of the Head of the Schuylkill, the two-day centerpiece of the local fall rowing schedule.
October 12, 2014 |
Fourth graders from Cinnaminson's Rush Intermediate School did not let Friday's wet and cloudy weather put a damper on the 13th annual Make a Splash! Water Festival at the Palmyra Cove Nature Park. In fact, some students said it was perfect bubble-blowing weather. The event was started by Elaine Mendelow, a teacher of the gifted program for Cinnaminson students, to stress the importance of conserving water and keeping the waterways pollution free. It is also an opportunity for the children to learn about some of the science behind water, such as cohesion and adhesion.
October 12, 2014 |
I know I'll be getting this question at least once as cooler weather sets in, so here's an explanation of window condensation, courtesy of Tom Herron of the National Fenestration Rating Council. Condensation appears as a light coating of water, frost or ice. Unless the condensation is between the window panes, humidity inside the home is the cause, Herron said. "Humid air holds water vapor until it contacts a surface whose temperature is less than or equal to the dew point," he said.
October 11, 2014 |
More than seven months after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the search for the plane is expected to resume in the Indian Ocean this month with crews trolling 23,000 square miles. Might the kernel of a better approach be found in a pond in Phoenixville? That is where Villanova University students are tinkering with a robotic boat, a two-pontoon craft equipped with a camera, a laser, and other electronics that let the boat locate obstacles and navigate on its own. The four-foot vessel is a prototype for a 16-foot version that the students and two faculty members will enter this month in a competition in Singapore, along with partners from Florida Atlantic University.
October 3, 2014 |
THE $18 MILLION Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk opens today, so Philadelphians and their leashed dogs can "walk on water" from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge. Bike on water, too. Built out into the river parallel to the east bank, the 2,000-foot boardwalk experience is a heady mix of ducks and trucks, trees and breeze, cityscape and landscape, roadway and waterway, industrial and pastoral, trains and turtles, big sky and big city. Strolling along the city's newest people magnet yesterday, Joseph Syrnick, president/CEO of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, who has spent eight years guiding the project from drawing board to boardwalk, talked about the romance of the river.
September 29, 2014 |
Let New York gloat about completing the High Line. Philadelphia is about to debut a linear park that might be even more impressive: the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk. As wonderful as the High Line is, it merely allows people to wend their way through Manhattan a few stories above its bustling streets. When the latest segment of the Schuylkill Banks trail opens to the public Thursday, you'll be able to walk on water, under the glittering gaze of the Center City skyline. The new 15-foot-wide walkway dives into the river at Locust Street, and doesn't crawl back onto dry land until it reaches the South Street Bridge, a joyous journey more than 2,000 feet long.