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7 Signs You May Have a Problem with Hard Water

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September 20, 2017

So you have shifted into your new home recently. But the quality of the tap water is bothering you. If the water is hard, then you need to treat them asap to avoid its dire consequences. How can one easily recognize if the water is hard or not? There are many signs; we would like to list out the Quick 7 of them. Let’s begin!

7 Signs You May Have a Problem with Hard Water

Hard water can be handled easily, but you better not leave it unsolved for a long time. This will eventually damage your appliances, thus increasing your expenses.

Signs You May Have a Problem with Hard Water

So, how to know if the water is hard? What are the easy signs? Below seven indications will prove the hardness in water.

1. Detergent, when mixed with the water, is creating a cloudy solution. No foam formation.

This is the simplest test which you can try at home, for knowing if the water is hard or not. Take some sample of the water, add some soap solution into it. Then shake the solution for some time. If the water has become cloudy, then it means that the water is hard. Else if you get foams on the top of the water, then it means that the water is soft.

2. Are the pipes often clogged recently?

If you do not treat the hard water within some time, then it will start creating issues for you. All the mineral buildups will form a sticky layer on the pipes and other plumbing parts. Now this hinders all the fluid movements, and will eventually jam all the showerheads too.

Same will happen for the pipes as well, and in the end, you will have to contact a plumber for cleaning and running it back.

3. Stains or Buildup visible on the home plumbing.

This is the easy identification of all, just look for a strong stain on plumbing units. For example, if you find iron rust kind of stains on the plumbing surface then they are the sure signs of hard water.

Are there any red stains on the porcelain materials? They are the clear signs of hard water – specifically; it’s because of the iron in the water.

4. Is your skin feeling a strange irritation? Do you feel any dryness after the bath?

Soap or detergent does not go well with the hard water. When you bath using the hard water, some of the soap particles are left behind. Even the mineral deposits on the skin can cause dryness. You may also get an itchy sensation. Continuous exposure to hard water can lead to skin diseases too.

5. Appliances are not lasting long as expected.

This is by far the most expensive issue which you can face with the hard water. It can damage almost any kind of appliance that makes use of water – from a small dishwasher to a system as large as a water heater can be affected.

All the mineral buildups can slow down the performance and make them less efficient. To solve this, carry out regular maintenance of the appliances.

6. Sudden decrease in the water pressure is another reason for the hard water.

Do you find any decrease in the flow of the water? You can relate this point to the second one discussed here. With the minerals getting accumulated, the interiors of the pipe gets clogged.

This makes it difficult for the water to pass through swiftly – which ends up with reducing the overall water pressure in the pipe. So if you face any similar situation lately, then do a check on the water quality at your place.

Water is having a strange smell or taste different

7. Water is having a strange smell or taste than usual.

Hard waters are safe on the drinking part since it contains many minerals in it. But, if you find any strange smell or any taste difference recently – then this could be a sign of hard water.

On the other hand, softened water is salty because of the sodium ions added into water. Well, taste difference in the water can be caused by several reasons. Hard water is just one among them.

There you go, folks! These are the 7 Quick Ways of knowing whether you got a problem of Hard Water at your place or not. What are your views on this article? Do you have anything to add to the above content? If yes, then write down your answers/comments in the space given below.

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How To Litter Box Train a Bunny

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September 13, 2017

People have this notion that rabbits are hard to maintain and they dirty all the places quickly. In reality, taking care of bunnies is just similar to that of the cats. Coming to the Litter removal, you can also Train your Bunny to Litter properly, just as you train your Cats.

How To Litter Box Train a Bunny

Bunnies always urinate or poop only in places which make them feel safe and comfortable. This is natural. Most of the training work involves the owner to understand their pet. Yes, you read it right. Understand your pet, and win the trust initially. Make a note of their habits, analyze them, and then take action. Find a hub to discuss litterbox for a cat, dog, and rabbit which will ensure safe decisions.

Get your Bunny on the Litter Box

Buy 2 to 3 litter boxes, place one box in the cage, and rest of them outside the box at different locations. These places should be those where your bunny runs around frequently. If the bunny urinates in the corner of the cage where the box is not kept, then place the box in the corner. This will give an idea to the bunny that they must litter inside the box only.

Litter Box Train a Bunny

If the rabbit wraps around inside the litter itself, then don’t get mad! This is entirely normal for a bunny. Now if you find the rabbit littering within the box for a long time, then slowly get your pet outside the box. Let them run and move around freely. Wait for some time, and check the location where the bunny is littering. If they litter outside the box, then lift them up gently and placed them back in the cage.

Well, this must not look like a punishment for your rabbit. Therefore on a single use of the litter box, you can convey your happiness and praise them by feeding their favorite food. If you are planning to increase the space, then make sure you add up more litter boxes for your bunny.

For example, if one floored room is converted into a two floored building then place multiple litter box for your rabbit.

Some Tips for all those “out-of-the-box” rabbits 

There is no one bunny or rabbit which litters perfectly inside the box. Following are the tips which will help you deal with your bunny more swiftly in litter matters.

out of the box rabbits

Tip 1- In case your bunny litters outside the box, then mop all the urine and poop and place it inside the litter box. This will give the understanding of doing the ‘business’ inside the box only.

Tip 2- The bunny is not suiting well with the littering so they may drop some outside the box or just near to the box. In such case, you can place a plastic mat or just put the box on a tile floor so that you can quickly clean the litter.

Tip 3- Make them feel free, and not as if you have created some territory for your pet.

These were the tips that you can try out while dealing with your bunny. Now time for some Dos and Don’ts.

The Dos: 

  • For the animal bedding, make use of a recycled papers like the Crown Bedding.
  • The usual litter pellets can be replaced with the Wood Stove Pellets.
  • Check the label of the litter. Avoid the ones which contain zinc, cedar oils, or anything related to cedar!
  • Some litter includes clay content too. Say no to them.
  • Check out the automatic litter box reviews before you buy any for your rabbit to make sure that it is friendly.

And the Don’ts: 

  • Just repeating the point, say no to clay litters. Some of the shopkeepers may convince you with the benefits; you just have to avoid them.
  • Some issues related to zinc poisoning have been reported. So choose the safe and right litter type for your bunny.
  • Say No to Pine and Cedar containing litters.

There you go! Read all the tips carefully, and try it out by yourself. For worst cases, where your bunny is littering all the rooms and making the cleaning tough, get in touch with a vet and find a solution. Last but not the least, everything takes time. So take some time, and watch out for the results!

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Approved the proposal of the “Health for development” in the Parliament of Catalonia

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June 29, 2017

Solidarity and Cooperation Committee of the Parliament of Catalonia unanimously approved the draft resolution on strengthening of health workers in developing countries, at the request of pharmacists Mundi and Medicus Mundi Catalonia.

The draft resolution presented by Initiative for Catalonia Greens-United and Alternative Left has received the support of Convergence and Union, the Socialist Party of Catalonia, the Popular Party of Catalonia Republican Left of Catalonia and the Joint Working Group after the change initial drafted several amendments CiU and PSC.
The final proposal after the compromise amendments CiU and PSC stated as follows:

  • Point 1. Dedicate a percentage of Official Development Assistance in Health, approved by the Council of Cooperation Department, strengthen human resources, following the recommendations of WHO in training and retention of human resources.
  • Point 2. Support coordinated the development and implementation of national strategies and plans for health human resources in developing countries, the priority for cooperation Plan for 2011-2014, which are comprehensive and robust.
  • Point 3. Make the necessary arrangements with the Government of the State, as from relevant international organizations, adopted measures to maintain and increase gradually if necessary, hiring and / or the salaries of health workers in countries suffering from a shortage of human resources in this sector, in order to discourage their march into other countries.
  • Point 4. Implementing the Code of Good Practice WHO, among other things, requests the Member States not to carry out active policies in the public sector to incorporate health personnel such as recruitment source, for professionals of any of the 57 poorest countries. Do the same recommendation to the private sector.
  • Point 5. Implement the Code of Good Practices WHO, among other things, requested member countries quantification of existing human resources in the field of health, planning how many need it most and a strategy for training and “loyalty” of the staff already trained.
  • 6. Promote point plan of coordination between those responsible for the Catalan Cooperation Agency and the Department of Health to take into account the needs of developing countries, providing effective and appropriate technical assistance, support retention and training health personnel in the countries of origin, transfer of technology and knowledge and promote circular migration mechanisms.

Since the two NGOs, pharmacists Mundi and Catalonia are happy medicusmundi the approval of the proposed resolution and the amendments of the transaction, since it removed the fourth point is the key to solve the deficit health personnel in developing countries.

We hope that the future will take this proposal into consideration and prosper in the implementation of the Code of Good Practice, as well as the level of coordination between the ACCD and the Department of Health.

The proposal of the “Health for development” for debate and vote in the Parliament of Catalonia

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May 29, 2017

Tomorrow at 10 am will be held at the Committee for Cooperation and Solidarity of the Parliament of Catalonia debate and vote on the draft resolution on strengthening of health workers in developing country at the request of Pharmacists Mundi medicusmundi and Catalonia.

On September 16, members of the “Health for development” of NGOs pharmacists Mundi and medicusmundi Catalonia appeared before the Commission to present the results of the campaign and in particular the proposal to stop the deficit of health professionals to Southern countries. This proposal arises from the lack of more than 4 million health professionals around the world, so that basic health care accessible to the whole population.

According to the World Health Report 2006 the World Health Organization, the situation is particularly dramatic in the 57 poorest countries. This situation is caused by lack of funds in the field of health in these countries, structural adjustment policies which for years has promoted the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund, and for reasons that are also applicable to rich countries the balance as inadequate professional categories, the failure of national labor markets and the lack of congruence between the preparation in schools and health needs of the population, among others.

To mitigate this problem from the “Health for development” was requested to parliamentarians Catalan:

  • Devote 25% of Official Development Assistance to strengthening health human resources, following the recommendations of WHO in training and retention of human resources.
  • Support the development and implementation of comprehensive national strategies and plans HR in developing countries.
  • Oppose any measure the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund that involves hiring freeze and / or salaries of health workers in countries facing a shortage of human resources, as this would lead the march to other countries.
  • Refrain both the public and private sector, to implement active policies for recruitment originating in one of the 57 poorest countries.
  • Implementing the Code of Good Practice WHO, among other things, asks the Member States alone • quantification of existing human resources in the field of health, planning a few more and it needs a strategy training and “loyalty” of the staff already trained.
  • That there is coordination and cooperation among those responsible for health in order to take into account the needs of developing countries, providing effective and appropriate technical assistance, support for health personnel retention and training in countries of origin, transfer of knowledge and technology and promote circular migration mechanisms.

The parliamentary group Initiative for Catalonia Greens-United and Alternative Left filed a motion in relation to the proposal and groups of CiU and the Socialist Party of Catalonia have submitted amendments.

We hope you will discuss the amendments and that the vote of those do not miss the main objective of the proposal is to ensure sufficient human resources for health in developing countries, one of the pillars of any health system, to ensure assistance care for the entire population.