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The UTEC Billboard: Water Conservation Out of Thin Air

Sep 23, 2014

What do billboards and water conservation have to do with each other? Normally, the answer is nothing, but a unique billboard in Lima, Peru can turn the humidity in the air into clean drinking water. Does this sound too good to be true? Well, thanks to the University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC), potable water is now available to villagers who were used to drinking dirty well water.

Clean Water from Thin Air

The billboard produces about 100 liters of water each day with nothing more than humidity, basic filtration and gravity. Lima was the perfect place for this unique water-producing billboard because the air is often well saturated at around 98 percent humidity, yet this coastal desert city only receives about one-half inch of precipitation each year. After Cairo, Lima is the largest desert city in the world with about 7.6 million people living there.

UTEC’s Inspiration

What drove UTEC to make such an astounding installation in one of the driest, yet highly occupied cities in the world? It all began when the university was about to open its application period for 2013. UTEC leaders wanted to draw the attention of students, so they turned to Mayo DraftFCB, an ad agency that struck on the idea of a billboard that would promise thousands of liters of clean drinking water to Lima residents every month. UTEC ran with the idea and actually built it.

How the Billboard Works

The unique technology implemented in the billboard allows it to capture air humidity and turn it into drinking water. The inverse osmosis filtration system includes five generators, each of which is capable of creating 20 liters of pure, clean water each day. As it’s generated, the water travels through small ducts to a central holding tank at the base of the billboard where Lima residents can access the water from a faucet. While the billboard isn’t entirely self-sufficient – electricity is required to power the osmosis process – it produced an impressive 9,450 liters of water in its first three months from December 2012 to February 2013. This is enough water to sustain hundreds of families per month. If one billboard can produce this amount of water from thin air, just imagine what dozens, hundreds or even thousands could do when placed strategically in desert cities or outlying towns? The result could be an end to the water crisis that desert dwellers face today, due in large part to climate change.

Realizing the Importance of Water Conservation

When you understand how desperate some cities and towns are for clean water, it makes you realize the importance of water conservation at home. Where we live, water is easy to take for granted. All you have to do is turn on the bathroom or kitchen faucet and you have a seemingly endless supply of clean, fresh water at whatever temperature you desire. However, water clearly isn’t an abundant, endless resource all over the world. That’s why water conservation is important. Help ensure more water is made available to those who need it most by taking steps toward better water conservation today. To learn more about the importance of conserving water every day, please contact Mr. Rooter®.

Reunion 2014 Recap

Sep 15, 2014

Reunion 2014 went above and beyond, and we are so pleased with the outcome of our time with our franchisees. This was an exciting time to teach our franchisees about some of the coming technology updates, changes in marketing, and even share leadership and shop tips among franchisees. This year’s Reunion included lots of informative

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Farts and Crafts: Toilet Paper Roll Racecar

Sep 5, 2014

By Kristin Waites Looking for a fun craft for the kids? Here’s a great craft to keep their attention and provide hours of fun afterwards! The process is simple, but make sure to watch help younger kids with scissors and paint. Materials Toilet paper rolls Paint Paintbrush Glue stick Construction paper Instructions Paint the tubes.

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Mr. Rooter Took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Aug 29, 2014

Over the past weeks, hundreds upon thousands of people have been pouring ice water over their heads and posting a video about it, sharing with the world their reactions to the temporary freezing sensation the ice causes. Unfortunately, this sensation is nothing compared to the permanent feelings those with ALS (also Lou Gehrig’s disease) suffer

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Farts and Crafts: Toilet Paper Roll Miniature Storage Baskets

Aug 28, 2014

By Kristin Waites Materials Toilet paper roll Scissors Hot glue gun Make Your Toilet Paper Storage Basket Cut the toilet paper roll in half lengthwise, so that you have a rectangle instead of a tube. If you have time, you may want to lay the toilet paper rolls under a few heavy books after you

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Farts and Crafts: Toilet Paper Roll Pinball Game

Aug 18, 2014

Written by Lance Hayes Are you looking for the perfect arts and crafts to entertain the kids? Try making this pinball machine instead of spending lots of quarters at the arcade! With a few items from around the house, you can entertain the kids for hours with a cardboard pinball machine. It is an easy

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The Dwyer Group, Inc. Acquired by The Riverside Company

Aug 18, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, contact: Monica Feid, BizCom Associates (972) 490-8053, MonicaFeid@BizComPR.com WACO, Texas (August 18, 2014) – The Dwyer Group®, Inc., one of the world’s largest franchising companies of trades service brands, today announced it has been acquired for the second time by The Riverside Company, a private equity fund with locations

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UNICEF Vends Dirty Water To Raise Awareness

Aug 14, 2014

You have access to clean drinking water every day, but it’s a far different story in developing countries around the world. What if someone bottled the dirty, disease-ridden water that kills 4,200 children every day and tried to sell it on the streets of New York? That’s just what the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

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Farts and Crafts: Toilet Paper Roll Cow

Aug 8, 2014

Looking for the perfect craft to do with your kids on any afternoon? Why not try making a cow out of a toilet paper roll?! The overall project takes about 45 minutes and is fairly simple. It’s a great craft recommended for 4-6 year olds, but anyone can enjoy making this creative cow using just

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How to Choose a Plumber

Aug 5, 2014

You wake up in a hurry and look at the clock- 6:43 a.m. You were supposed to be up almost an hour ago. No more late night movies for you and the kids. Racing out of bed, you throw on some clothes, putting on some make up and pulling your hair out of your face

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