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How come my Britta is growing pond scum?

Why is there algae growing in my Britta? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Feb 4, 2007 - 8 answers

Polar Plunge: Help me keep my pride.

I've signed up for the Polar Plunge to support the Special Olympics in our area.... [more inside]
posted by bleucube on Feb 2, 2007 - 9 answers

Do I need to baby my humidifier?

We have a Air-O-Swiss 7135 humidifier. Is it necessary to fill its tank from Brita-filtered water, or will straight tap water do? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Jan 28, 2007 - 6 answers

water + body = ?????

Beyond the idea that "Water is essential to carry out processes in the human body," I do not understand the more complicated health relationship between water and our bodies. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Jan 28, 2007 - 25 answers

Water, water, everywhere, so let's all have a drink

Will water kill me too? [more inside]
posted by carpyful on Jan 24, 2007 - 20 answers

Sci-fi short story with microscopic humans

Name that sci-fi short story: In the prologue, a colonist ship has crashed on a water planet. The colonists can't survive there themselves, so they genetically engineer humans to be about the size of microbes and live in the water instead. Most of the story deals with the resulting aquatic society, their interactions with other species of microbes, and their search for their now-forgotten origins. And no, it was not "The Incredible Journey". Any ideas on what it might be?
posted by Johnny Assay on Jan 21, 2007 - 7 answers

Recommendations for a gas water heater

My current water heater is about 14 years old now, and I'm looking to replace it with a traditional 'tanked' water heater (I'm not going to be in this house long to justify a tankless unit). For the most part I'm only looking to heat water for two people, and I'm thinking a 40 gallon tank with a large burner will be sufficient. Does anyone have any suggestions or good resources for comparison?
posted by cfg on Jan 16, 2007 - 12 answers

Does drinking cold water really burn calories?

Does drinking cold water burn anywhere near a significant number of calories? [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Jan 16, 2007 - 12 answers

Water leak at 4am, do I call my landlord now?

It's 4 am and I just woke up to a bathroom full of water. I'm renting in the Sierra's and it's been really cold, so one of the pipes burst and started leaking (the heat was on and I was home all day, though..). I called the emergency plumbers and they came to turn off the water. Now the situation is under control. How do I break this to my landlord? Should I call her now or can it wait till morning?
posted by mrunderhill on Jan 14, 2007 - 10 answers

How do I get hotter water sooner?

Cure for the takes-too-long-for-our-water-to-heat-up blues? [more inside]
posted by mosk on Jan 13, 2007 - 18 answers

Do they sell low-flavor drink mixes to add to water?

Do they sell low-flavor drink mixes to add to water? I love Aquafina's Flavor Splash water, but they don't have it in the vending machine at work. I can't stand the plain bottled water they do sell. Does anyone sell powder mix that can be added to water that doesn't turn it into a super sweet, heavily flavored drink? Stuff like Crystal Lite is too strong of a flavor.
posted by y0mbo on Jan 12, 2007 - 17 answers

Is all water created equally?

PhysicsFilter: A room (at room temp) has two identical cups of water in it. The water in one cup is +10 degrees over room temp, the other is -10 degrees. Left alone, will they reach room temp at the same time? [more inside]
posted by 777 on Jan 11, 2007 - 25 answers

Good diet-friendly caffeinated drinks?

Any good diet-friendly caffeinated beverages out there? Looking for something convenient, cheap, and low/no-cal/sugar. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 on Jan 9, 2007 - 53 answers

Drowning by numbers

Plumbing question. Bring your knowledge of water use. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on Jan 3, 2007 - 16 answers

Water temp to maximize hydration speed?

What temperature water will hydrate one fastest? [more inside]
posted by Humpable Prose on Dec 26, 2006 - 12 answers

What kind of water do my plants want?

What water temperature do indoor plants prefer to drink? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) on Dec 7, 2006 - 7 answers

Making water conductive with out salt

Options other then salt to make water conductive to low voltage (5 - 9v) DC current. [more inside]
posted by blackout on Dec 1, 2006 - 24 answers

Aqua Sevenday?

Help me come up with a catchy name for my campus' "Water Week." It will be happening in late January and will be a week dedicated to discussing issues in three areas: environment, accessibility, commodification. Speakers, an art exhibition, and movies are being planned. Bonus points for recommendations of films, special topics, general advice.
posted by arcticwoman on Nov 29, 2006 - 16 answers

Rain barrel recommendations?

Rain barrel recommendations? Plastic versus wood? [more inside]
posted by and hosted from Uranus on Nov 24, 2006 - 9 answers

I think it's a Dasani/Perrier conspiracy.

We're under a boil-water advisory. No outbreak, just a lot of grit in the water from landslides in the resevoir. Why is it not safe for me to wash vegetables in untreated water, but it's ok for me to wash my hands? [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry on Nov 21, 2006 - 10 answers

Water company ruined our weekend cottage?

Water company ruined our weekend cottage?

When we leave our weekend cottage we turn the water off at the meter and open the faucets in the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and shower. This is to prevent any trapped water to remain in the pipes which could freeze and burst the pipe should we not make it back before winter. We've done this for four years. [more inside]
posted by cainiarb on Nov 15, 2006 - 20 answers

Cold or warm water safest?

Which is safest, hot or cold water from the tap? [more inside]
posted by MintSauce on Nov 9, 2006 - 20 answers

How to deal with the Water co. on liabilities? Attorney recommendation?

A water main leak was repaired in front of our house. Our facets spewed muddy water. Now possibly contaminated dirt is settled in the water pipes. Health and mechanical/structural risk of dirt and debris settled in water pipes? If, and how to remove? Where for water sample test? How to deal with the Water co. on liabilities? Attorney recommendation? [more inside]
posted by MD06 on Nov 8, 2006 - 5 answers

Man, what IS that smell?

I have a funky smell coming from a pipe in my apartment. What is it, and what can I do? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Nov 7, 2006 - 9 answers

water water everywhere, but how to avoid the stink

I'm trying to be good and drink lots of water. I feel better when I do. I work in an office, so I bought one of those knockoff nalgene bottles from target so i can have ice water and not be in danger of spilling it on my computer. 2 problems - how do I keep my desk free of bottle sweat, and how do I keep my bottle from smelling? [more inside]
posted by mrblakwell on Oct 31, 2006 - 42 answers

Getting a salt-water-logged digital camera to work again?

A friend has a DSC-H1 Sony Cybershot camera. It got some salt water in it yesterday (probably not completely soaked, but definitely in the camera). [more inside]
posted by shivohum on Oct 29, 2006 - 7 answers

My wonderful tub makes a terrible shower.

How can I fix my clawfoot-forced-shower's complete lack of water pressure? [more inside]
posted by banannafish on Oct 17, 2006 - 8 answers

How do you get a flat surface of water?

Does gravity make small pools of water curve slightly (I’m thinking a small lake size) or is surface tension enough to flatten it out? More importantly - how would I calculate whether the resistance from the surface tension is enough to keep it flat and when/what size that breaks off? [more inside]
posted by Smedleyman on Oct 11, 2006 - 19 answers

Installing a Water Heater - what about the water pressure?

What does the water pressure coming into your house have to do with installing a water heater? [more inside]
posted by katyjack on Oct 2, 2006 - 12 answers

What am I owed since my landlord shut off the water?

NoWaterFilter: My landlord had to shut down the water on Saturday and only gave me a couple of hours warning. It's Monday and it's still not on. I'm in Ontario and I'm wondering what my rights are in this situation. [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop on Oct 2, 2006 - 20 answers

Can I use brick chunks instead of gravel for drainage?

Can I use broken chunks of brick in place of gravel for landscape drainage? I don't have access to gravel right now but I have some old bricks and I need to make a small ditch next to a house drain well. [more inside]
posted by cda on Sep 28, 2006 - 3 answers

Can I replace the water pressure regulator in my home by myself or do I have to have a licensed plumber do it?

Can I replace the water pressure regulator in my home by myself or do I have to have a licensed plumber do it? [more inside]
posted by thewiseacre on Sep 24, 2006 - 7 answers

Why are some people obsessed about drying up water ?

Why are some people obsessed about drying up water ? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Sep 21, 2006 - 24 answers

water heater pilot light won't stay lit

Our water heater pilot light won't stay lit. Is it time to call a repair man? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Sep 20, 2006 - 9 answers

Looking for a water filter

Please recommend a plumbed-in water filter. [more inside]
posted by harmfulray on Sep 19, 2006 - 8 answers

What’s bleaching my towels all splotchy like?

Help me figure out what’s bleaching my towels and possibly causing health problems. Hint: I don't think it's my facewash. [more inside]
posted by funkiwan on Sep 18, 2006 - 15 answers

Water hemlock? Disposal?

Is this ugly plant water hemlock? There's [more inside]
posted by fogster on Sep 12, 2006 - 5 answers

Should I believe my refrigerator?

Should I believe my refrigerator? I have a refrigerator with a water tap and ice maker. It has a filter that costs about $50 to replace. The filter directions say to do so at least every six months. And a light saying it's time to replace it comes on in about six months. [more inside]
posted by rabbus on Sep 9, 2006 - 7 answers

Flying with Meaningful Water

I am flying soon. I would like to bring a bottle of water to security, a nice plain Muji style bottle, with a custom label on it. What should be pasted on it for this lame, meaningless, nearly silent protest? What will not get me violated or detained, but will clearly state the idiocies of fear we are now enduring? Or is this horrible, this idea?
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat on Sep 6, 2006 - 69 answers

Water damage on a wood floor--hurry, it's still damp!

I just discovered a bottle of water has leaked onto my hardwood floor. What can I do to minimize the damage while the floor is still damp? [more inside]
posted by werty on Sep 3, 2006 - 10 answers

DIY SmartWater

Can I make my own "smart" water? [more inside]
posted by ivarley on Sep 2, 2006 - 9 answers

Stop dihydrogen monoxide infiltration

Seeking advice on how top water seepage in basement [more inside]
posted by bluefrog on Aug 26, 2006 - 7 answers

WaterFilter: How do you like your faucet-mounted filtration device?

How do you like your faucet-mounted water filter? [more inside]
posted by Songdog on Aug 24, 2006 - 27 answers

drying out a cast...

How do I best dry out a soft cast? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling on Aug 19, 2006 - 4 answers

Help me explore the briny deep.

I cannot swim. [more inside]
posted by spaltavian on Aug 17, 2006 - 35 answers

Bad Well?

A test by the Department of Environmental Protection has confirmed Coliform bacteria is present in well water. The sample does not contain E. coli, which would be indicative of fecal contamination. How does one go about determining the source of this contamination, and what remedial action should be taken?
posted by furiousxgeorge on Aug 17, 2006 - 10 answers

Water wars

Lots of people seem to think that the biggest conflicts of the 21st century will be over water. So, putting on the futurist glasses for a moment, in the next two decades, say, where will those battles be fought - who will be on either side - and how will they play out?
posted by gottabefunky on Aug 13, 2006 - 27 answers

Will Diet Coke make me gain or lose weight in the short term?

Any jockeys or prizefighters in the house? I've read repeatedly that Diet Coke and other diet soft drinks have both sodium - which makes the body retain water - as well as caffeine - which acts as a mild diuretic. Which effect is greater? Will drinking a diet soda cause a net gain or loss in your weight a few hours later? [more inside]
posted by web-goddess on Aug 8, 2006 - 13 answers

Getting water out of an ear?

We went swimming two days ago. My boyfriend still has water in his ear, and the Swim-EAR (95% isopropyl alcohol, 5% glycerin) we got at the drug store hasn't helped. Is this normal? And what can he do to make his ear feel better? [more inside]
posted by bookish on Jul 31, 2006 - 28 answers

Toy creatures that grow to 600% their size when you immerse them in water

Toy creatures that grow to 600% their size when you immerse them in water. We bought a few from a street seller in New York, and they're cool. We want more, but now the seller has moved on. Where can I buy these toys, preferably online? [more inside]
posted by gentle on Jul 31, 2006 - 13 answers

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