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A little surprise [ Wednesday, 09 Jan 08 | 10:38 ]
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[My Location |El Masnou (Barcelona) España]
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I do a number of periodic maintenance chores on my home, like washing windows. Every six months I take off all the faucet filters and shower heads to clean out the “dirt” that accumulates. This is nothing new, I did the same thing when I was living in California. I also de-scale things here for “lime” as the water is “harder”.

In California I was usually confronted by a little pile of “rocks” in the filter. Sometimes I had to clean the filter more frequently when I noticed the flow of water was restricted.

To my surprise today, none of the filters had any build-up of particles. And then there didn’t seem much lime either as there was little “foam” while using the de-scaling solution.

When gorkabear/Xavi visited here last month, he commented on how my tap water tasted better than his. He lives on the other side of town and his water source is different. I replied that the water here seemed about the same as in California. In Sabadell, Ruben's family uses bottled water for drinking and cooking. I use a Brita filter here as I did in California.

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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Friday, 25 Jan 08 | 11:56 (UTC)
I was looking for data to back up what I know from reading the press and such. But your water should come from the Besòs/Ter system whereas mine (south Barcelona) comes from Llobregat

And actually ,one of the reasons why water in my place tastes so horribly bad is because they take it directly from river Llobregat at Sant Joan Despí - but that water has severe pollution (although non-toxic) from the salt mining 30 miles up (following the river direction - how do you say that?, in Spanish is "30 millas río arriba") near Cardona.

If you ever go to Castellar de n'Hug, where river Llobregat is born, water is wonderful there.
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Friday, 25 Jan 08 | 20:09 (UTC)

How do you say that?

... up (following the river direction - how do you say that?, in Spanish is "30 millas río arriba") ...

In English we say "up the river" and towards the sea is "down the river". Also you can leave out the "the" as in "up river" and "down river".

Chuck
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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Saturday, 26 Jan 08 | 22:11 (UTC)

Re: How do you say that?

Smooch

Always so helping!
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Sunday, 27 Jan 08 | 06:38 (UTC)

River trivia

In old gangster movies from the US they make reference to being sent "up the river". There is a famous prison called "Sing Sing" in Ossining on the banks of the Hudson River about 50 km (30 miles) north of New York City. The old cell-block built in 1825 is still being used.

Chuck
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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Monday, 28 Jan 08 | 07:42 (UTC)

Re: River trivia

I love trivia facts! Did you know that? I'm sad that they wanna remove them from wikipedia
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