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Water and Health
The immediate question on everyone’s mind regarding radioactivity is “have my water (and air) been affected by fallout from Fukushima?” The workshop on Nov 19, 2012 was about ‘Local Monitoring of Radioactivity in Relation to the Fukushima Daichii Incident’. The presenter of this workshop, Rudy Pante, is a nuclear chemist and also the water chemist in charge of testing Metro Vancouver’s drinking water. His opinions, expressed in his workshops, are his own and do not reflect those of Metro Vancouver. When asked if there is current cause for alarm about elevated radionuclide levels in our Metro Vancouver drinking water, his informed response was a definitive NO, that the levels are currently very, very low.
The next question, on the minds of those who are paying attention to the ongoing instability at Fukushima, is “what precautions are in place to monitor our local radionuclide levels in the event of a major destabilization at Fukushima or even the Hanford nuclear plant in Washington State?” Unfortunately, the position of Health Canada and local officials is complacent.
Rudy Pante’s workshops are an attempt to shed some light on this topic of radionuclides and nuclear fallout. These workshops are not about risk levels. They are about understanding radioactivity and how to correctly detect and measure it.
The next workshop is entitled:
INTRODUCTION TO PRACTICAL GAMMA-RAY SPECTROMETRY
Monday Dec 3, 2012
BCIT Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Ave
Room 141, SE14 (Library)
(best approached from Wayburne Drive)
For registration and details contact:
British Columbia’s current earthquakes are wake-up calls. The Cascadia Subduction Zone is clearly adjusting itself. Daily aftershocks continue to rattle the west coast of BC.
These seismic events may be precursors to Vancouver’s long expected ‘Big One’.
Are you prepared?
If you haven’t got an emergency kit prepared yet, this is the time to get it together.
Store emergency water
A major earthquake could damage municipal water supply lines, making tap water unavailable and/or vulnerable to contamination through ruptured pipes.
Hurricane Sandy has shown us how devastating a ‘natural’ disaster can be. Don’t take adequate water supplies for granted.
If you store ample water in advance you’ve already greatly increased your family’s ability to respond to an earthquake.
How much water to store
At very least, you should store one gallon per person per day for three days. Extra if you have pets. A three-week supply is preferable.
Water storage containers for an emergency
Look for sturdy, re-usable one- to five-gallon plastic containers made of number 2, 4 or 5 plastic. Yes, plastic for portability. Glass is too heavy for emergency use. Best not to rely on one or two gallon containers typically found in grocery store as they aren’t designed for long-term storage.
Home owners may be well advised to also store water in large food-grade plastic drums.
Sanitation and six month replacement schedule
Make sure the containers are sanitized before filling them with chlorinated tap water. Yes, chlorinated. Hopefully you will never have to use this water but if you do, better that it be sterile than bacteria-ridden. Make yourself a reminder to replace the water in these containers every six months.
Alternate emergency water sources
Water from the following sources should be disinfected if needed for drinking in emergency conditions. Berkey water purifiers will disinfect water from these last-resort sources as well as making it taste better.
- Hot water tank
Turn off the power that heats it, and let the tank cool. Then place a container underneath and open the drain valve at the bottom of the tank. Don’t turn the tank on again until water services are restored.
- Toilet tank
The water in the tank (not the bowl) can be used to drink in an emergency unless chemical treatments have been added.
- Water pipes
Release air pressure into the plumbing system by turning on the highest faucet in the house. Then drain the water from the lowest faucet.
- Outside the home
Rain water, spring water, and water from streams, river, lakes, and coiled garden hoses can be used after it is disinfected.
Emergency water purification methods
Here are four methods to disinfect questionable water in emergency situations:
- Aquatabs – add prescribed number of pre-packaged water purification tablets to water. Wait 30 minutes.
- Liquid chlorine bleach (unscented) – add eight drops per gallon of water. Double this amount if the water is cloudy.
- Two percent tincture of iodine – add twelve drops per gallon of water. Double this amount if the water is cloudy.
- Boil the water vigorously for 10 minutes.
Local natural sources of fresh water
Vancouver has paved over all but three of its many creeks and streams. This is very unfortunate for many reasons, one of which would be devastatingly clear in the event of a water shortage.
Take note if you are lucky enough to live near a natural source of fresh water… a creek, stream, river or lake. Protect and respect this invaluable living resource. It could be your life-saving source of fresh water in the event of an earthquake.
Note 1: If emergency use water is very murky, it is best to strain it through several layers of cheesecloth or a paper coffee filter before applying one of the above treatments.
Note 2: Most drinking water filters are meant to be used with municipally treated (disinfected), microbiologically safe tap water only. They do not remove bacteria and will not protect you adequately in an emergency situation.
- Hot water tank
This workshop (Nov 19) promises to be a unique opportunity for getting answers to lingering questions and concerns about the possible effects of radiation from Fukushima on Metro Vancouver’s water supply.
The initiative for this event comes from one individual named Rudy Pante, who is the water quality chemist responsible for testing contaminant levels in Metro Vancouver’s drinking water.
Rudy Pante is an accredited expert* in radiological monitoring whose professional career has involved international experience at various nuclear power plants. He will deliver this workshop which may include informed and insightful comments on hot topics such as:
- Have the long-lived radioisotopes from Fukushima (such as Cs-137, Co-60) been detected in B.C.and on the west coast of North America?
- Have they been detected in drinking water sources in 2011 & 2012?
- If they have been detected, why have major media and government regulators been silent about them?
- Why are there different isotope regulatory limits in USA, Canada, & Europe?
Although parts of this workshop will undoubtedly be quite technical, it will also cater to those of us who are bewildered by nuclear isotopes and radiological calculations. Rudy is a wealth of expertise with a strong social conscience. He says: ‘The more questions from attendees that I can answer, the “happier” I will be.’ However, he also adds that his opinions are his own and do not reflect those of Metro Vancouver.
19 November 2012
10am – 12 noon
BCIT Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Ave
Room 141, SE14 (Library)
Methods of payment
Cheque payable to: Plaza & Pante Consultants
15062 60 Ave
Surrey BC, V3S 5X6
PayPal: Rudy Pante
e-pay RBC Royal Bank: Rudy will send number upon email inquiry
*Rudy Pante’s current position:
Water Quality Chemist, Water Quality Control Section-Seymour Capilano Filtration Plant & Coquitlam Ozonation Plant
Credentials: BS Chemistry & MS Chemistry-University of the Philippines-Diliman
Previous Work Experience:
Kelogg, Brown & Root
PNPP1 (Philippine Nuclear Power Plant)
PAEC (Philippine Atomic Energy Commission)
Westinghouse Advanced Reactor Centre, PA
Indian Point-3 Nuclear Power Plant, NY
CEGB (Central Electricity Generating Board), UK
Instructor: EOCP (Environmental Operators Certification Program)
Cleaning the shungite chips
Briefly soak and stir 250g of shungite chips in 1 tsp of baking soda mixed with several cups of water. Don’t use soap. Rinse shungite chips very thoroughly under cool running water.
Making your first batch of shungite water
Place the well-rinsed shungite chips in a 2 litre glass or enamel container and fill with cold tap water. Use 2 liter of water for each 250g of shungite chips.
Let the water stand with the shungite chips for 24 hours. The container must be open to breathe during this process. A thin, natural fibre cloth can be used to cover the container to exclude dust and insects.
Using shungite-infused water
Pour the shungite-infused water into another lidded glass or ceramic container. This water is the finished water, ready for use. Refill the original shungite container with tap water to prepare a new batch.
Excellent as a hair rinse. Useful for pets, birds and plants.
Once a month, briefly re-soak and stir the shungite chips in the baking soda/water mix as described above. Then thoroughly rinse the shungite chips under running water. Put the chips in the sun for an hour to recharge. Sterilize the container at regular intervals. Replace the shungite chips with new chips approximately every 6 – 12 months, depending on the quality of the source water.
More about Shungite here:
The information provided on this page has not been evaluated by Health Canada. The products mentioned herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Information and statements made herein are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your family doctor.
Shungite is a remarkable black stone that has been used in Russian households for centuries. Although it looks similar to coal, shungite has physical and chemical characteristics that are unlike any other natural mineral substance.
Where does Shungite come from?
There are several theories about the origins of shungite. Since it has unique properties formed by extreme temperatures only known to occur in stellar interiors and during lightning strikes, some scientists believe it came from a meteorite that crashed into an area of northwestern Russian, possibly billions of years ago. This location, on the shores of a lake in the Russian Republic of Karelia, is the only place shungite is found on Earth.
For hundreds of years the waters which spring from shungite rock formations around this lake have been used for healing purposes.
Russian Tsar, Peter the Great, supplied a piece of shungite to each of his troops to purify their drinking water. History records that when an epidemic of dysentery broke out during the Battle of Poltava between Russia and Sweden, the Swedish forces did not have the shungite advantage to clean their water and, weakened by dysentery, lost the war (1709).
Shungite’s composition & characteristics
Shungite consists of fine crystalline silicate minerals in an amorphous carbon matrix. The silicate particles are approximately 0.5 to 1 micron in size. Shungite is made up of spherical structures called fullerenes rarely found in naturally occurring minerals. Shungite is electrically conductive, has high strength, density, chemical resistance, catalytic, adsorptive and redox properties.
Fullerenes are a newly discovered (1985) form of carbon which was previously only known to exist as diamond, graphite or coal. Fullerenes are named after Buckminster Fuller, the American architect who designed geodesic domes which resemble spherical fullerenes in appearance. Fullerene C60 looks like a soccer ball and is also referred to as a ‘buckyball’.
Fullerenes are hollow spheres of strongly linked hexagonal and pentagonal rings. They have enabled so many breakthroughs in science, medicine and industry that the laboratory scientists who developed their use received the Noble Prize for Chemistry in 1996.
The quantum behaviour of fullerenes has captured the attention of scientists who have observed a Fullerene C60 Buckyball pass through two different slits simultaneously, making it the largest particle known to demonstrate the wave/particle duality of matter. This experiment is typically performed with much smaller particles such as electrons, photons or single atoms.
The discovery of fullerenes in Shungite
For several years after fullerenes were first discovered by researchers in 1985, it was believed that fullerenes could only be produced under laboratory conditions. In 1992, geochemists working at Arizona State University, noticed similarities between laboratory-produced fullerenes and shungite. The recognition that shungite embodies naturally occurring fullerenes sent shock waves through the scientific world. Since then, Russian scientists have been developing the use of shungite for a broad range of applications including restorative agronomy, radiation shielding materials, stealth technology, water treatment, chemical de-contamination, and a new generation of medical breakthroughs.
Different grades of Shungite
Chemical composition and appearance varies with different grades of shungite. ‘Dull’ shungite is the most plentiful & least expensive form. It can be polished to a high shine. ‘Bright’ shungite is rarest, most potent and expensive. It has a glassy black metallic appearance and not to be confused with ‘dull’ shungite that has been polished to a high shine.
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Disclaimer: The info in this article has not been evaluated by Health Canada. Any products mentioned herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Information and statements made herein are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your family doctor.
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