A few years ago, I was awarded a Professional Development Course for artists. Part of the homework was to write an Artist Statement. I worked and worked; polishing an eliminating, until I only had the kernel that was “me.” When I read it out; I was told: “That’s what everyone would say.”
I got tired of being known as just “Doug,” or “Oh, him,” or “If he’s coming; I’m not going,” and decided to remake my image — “Doug the Beloved” [the guy who used to be just “him.”] I was just about to announce this, when there was a Pandemic and the bar was closed — why does this sort of thing always happen to me?
February 23, 2021
Since all land grant agricultural colleges seem to send the same message, I’ll quote from the PennStateExtension article “Nitrates in Drinking Water”:
After throwing dust about the sources and severity of the methemoglobinemia or “blue-baby syndrome” problem, the article outlines possible types of remediation:
“With agricultural nitrate leaching, often you may have no control of the nitrate source.”
While banned from any access to municipal water, rural families have no protection under the law for their only source of drinking water — their wells.
Here are PSU’s well water treatment solutions:
“ion exchange can be expensive and requires maintenance”
“Reverse osmosis is expensive. Added to the equipment costs are the high energy costs for operation.”
“Distillation uses much energy and produces heat which taxes air conditioners in the summer months. Energy costs are about 30 cents per gallon produced.”
Since bottled water is also very expensive, PSU recommends that mixing it with the polluted well water to make it less toxic to drink will save money. However they admit that “blended water still may not be safe for infants.”
PSU ends their article by stating:
“Though nitrates concern many Pennsylvania residents, proper testing will confirm the problem and adequate treatment will eliminate it.”
How’s that for a slap in the face of poor rural families.