This numbered duo were making their way along the Crosscut Canal from Papago Park to Echo Coffee. Milica and Attilio had just finished running the Chinese New Year 5k yet they were full of energy and conversation. Clearly they hydrated. Unaware of the true function of the canal system, these two were surprised to know that their water makes it's way from the Verde and Salt River through a system of dams, reservoirs and canals before it flows to a water treatment facility. Clean fresh water is always a first place winner.
This is Mike with the Trike. We had the opportunity to become acquainted on the Marshall Way Bridge spanning the Arizona Canal. Mike is very familiar with water: waterways, water usage, water power, water delivery, reservoirs, dams. You name it water and Mike knows it. Once upon a time he worked for the US Bureau of Reclamation. His tip for the day, "when inside a dam, don't get out of the elevator if its dark or you may quickly discover you're in the spillway."
This image may be reminescent of weird highschool science lab but it's actually the "Waterdrop" in Fresno, CA. The drought in the San Joaquin Valley has resulted in many pop up water stores. The city of Fresno has responded to the are drought and ground water depletion with the implementation of a city water plan.
Heading east on the Arizona Canal the Trike took a photo opt break at the "in progress" Scottsdale Public Art project at the corner of Cattletrack and McDonald. The Industrial Pipe Wave made from salvaged materials is the work of artist Chris Fennell. If you are on the canal, take a load off and catch a wave.
Yes, it was warm enough for Ice Cream. Yes, it does look like the Trike Trunk should be filled with delicious dairy delights. Yes, this pair from Durango curiously stopped the Trike to investigate the situation. While none of us enjoyed a frozen treat we had a two scoop conversation about local and national water issues with a little bit of international water sprinkled on top. Mack and Kim were visiting the valley from the high desert in Durango, Colorado. They are very familiar with issues of water conservation and water scarcity. Thank you for engaging in a both delightful and meaningful conversation. It was a treat!
Some of us wake up and reach for coffee (made with water). This energetic dynamic duo must have had a coffee in their sleep. When we had the opportunity to meet along the Arizona Canal, they had already biked south to the farmers market, biked north back along the canal to hit the gym and 180'd again to bike south along the canal to head home. Transplants to the city, John and Cindy USE the canal trail system on a regular basis to move through their day. They have been known to have family adventures to OHSO - the home of beer for breakfast at 48th and the Arizona Canal or to play a bit of "Where's Watson?". As per John, "everything is better when you JUMP!" Thanks for the laughs and water talk. Hope to see you on the canal soon.
This fabulously happy group gathered from across the country to celebrate Water! Ok. Ok. They traveled to Arizona to celebrate a friend's impending nuptials. Greg, sitting on the Trike was making his way to the alter via a quick stop at the Tikki room and a Trike photo opt. Our water conversation was a diversified portfolio of canal chat, what's on tap and national waterscape. The group heralded from Boston, New Jersey, LA and some awesome locals. We hope it was a beautiful ceremony and a perfect start to a great partnership. We toast you with clean water Best Wishes!
The Little Colorado River is a tributary of the Colorado River. The confluence of the Little and the Big Colorado marks the end of the Marble Canyon segment of the Grand Canyon and the beginning of the Upper Granite Gorge. The Colorado River Basin spans 7 states and two countries. It provides drinking water to more than 36 million people and is the irrigation source to millions of acres of farmland. The Colorado River is heavily dammed, diverted and tapped. As a result, this majestic river no longer reaches the Sea. For a simple way to help the restore the Colorado River click Change the Course or for more ways to help enact change visit Take Part.
Intersections and commonalities are the root of this image submitted by cyclist and blogger at OneSpeedGo John R. A. Just a few short days ago John posted aboutthree sources of water . Click. Read. Enjoy. Now get out and ride on the canal with John or the Trike!
This image is not photoshopped. The Arizona high country does take a few winter wallops. Thank goodness too, the watershed needs a good snow pack. This water image was submitted by Kathleen W on a road trip.
"A white out on I-40 coming home from Santa Fe...beautiful but scary"
Where the Water flow goes? Did you know that storm water pollution has a big impact on the water quality in most urban waterways? It is a common misconception that water runoff from streets, parking lots, and driveways flows to a treatment plant before it is released to the environment. The dirty reality is that water runoff and all the pollution it carries often flows directly or indirectly to local creeks, streams, and rivers. What does that mean? Every day activities and common household items can be polluting our water ways including litter, pet waste, fertilizers, leaves, grass clippings, automobile oils, and road salt.
Washing a car at home or at a parking lot fundraiser can use between 40-140 gallons of water. The lower estimate is for a bucket and spray nozzle hose. A professional car wash, depending if it is a conveyer or bay, will use approximately 15 gallons of fresh water plus additional reclaimed water from previous washes bringing the total water consumption between 35-100 gallons of water.
A dishwasher accounts for 1%-2% of the the overall water consumption of an average household of four.
This average household generates an average of 150 loads of dishes a year. Using an old standard dishwasher that consumes approximately 10 to 15 gallons of water per load this average household will use in the range of 1,500 to 2,250 gallons annually. ( This water consumption estimate does not account for water used in pre-rinsing the dishes before loading them into the machine)
Replacing the older machine with a newer efficient machine will not only save about 1000 gallons of water a year but save energy to boot.
What you can't see in this photo is the steep HILL just out of camera frame to the left. The single speed trike was about to attempt some fancy uphill maneuvering when miraculously interrupted by cheers of friendly encouragement. This is Samuel. He was born at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. He grew up on the east coast and lived in St. Croix. He isn't phased by his current land locked residence rather he enjoys the desert and what it has to offer. As a hairstylist and owner of Puzzles Studio he is well versed in the importance of clean accessible water. Samuel likes to ride the canal paths as his afternoon work break. He jumps on the Crosscut at 64th and Thomas and away he pedals. Thanks for the uphill encouragement. Happy cutting!