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How Low is Your Flow?

Sometimes doing good leads to something bad, or, in this case, something stinky. San Francisco’s big push for low-flow toilets was successful in conserving water, but the decrease in flushed toilet water led to a seriously clogged sewage system, and now the city is planning to control the odor and flush the pipes out with a $14 million, three-year dose of bleach. So how does Santa Cruz’s situation compare? According to Santa Cruz Wastewater Main Manager Chris Cave, we’re in the clear thanks to a system comprised of smaller pipes that require less water and an overall lower demand. He adds that the City of Santa Cruz does not use chemicals, such as bleach, for sewage system odor control. It appears that the low flow toilet owners in Santa Cruz can continue to flush with ease.  18.5 The average amount of toilet water used per day, per person in Santa Cruz, according to the Residential Water Use report. With low flow toilets, this figure could be 8.5 gallons.
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Force of Nature

Santa Cruz’s Carlie Statsky brings her love of the natural world to the hyper-personal art of wedding photography

 

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius

The magical time of Mercury’s retrograde cycle is here once again, until Feb. 11, and then some. The Mercury retro cycle actually lasts eight weeks when we consider its retrograde shadow, giving us six months a year for review. We know the rules of Mercury retro: Be careful with everything; cars, driving, money, resources, friends, friendships, groups, interactions, thinking, talking, communications. Avoid big purchases, important meetings and important repairs. Mercury retrograde times are for review, reassessment and rest. Our minds are overloaded from the last Mercury retro. Our minds need to assess what we’ve done since October—eliminating what is not needed, keeping what’s important, preparing for new information in the next three months (till mid-May). Mercury in Aquarius retrograde … we reinvent ourselves, seek the unusual, we don’t hide, we’re just careful. We live in two worlds; outer appearances and inner reckonings, with both sides of our brain activated. Yet, like the light of the Gemini twins, one light waxes (inner world), the other (outer realities) wanes. Like Virgo, we see what’s been overlooked—assessing, ordering and organizing information. It’s an entirely inner process. When speaking we may utter only half of the sentence. We’re in the underworld, closer to Spirit, eyes unseeing, senses alerted, re-doing things over and over till we sometimes collapse. Because we’re in other realms, we’re wobbly, make mistakes, and don’t really know what we want. It’s not a time for decisions. Not yet. It’s a time of review. And completing things. Mercury retro: integration, slowing down, resolution, rapprochement.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of January 23

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