Kleyne Cites Erie Canal as Example of Bold New Water Technology. Kleyne Calls for More Inventions Like The Pelton Wheel.
As host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, Sharon Kleyne spends much of her time every week educating listeners and readers about great water technology in history and the desperate need around the world for new water technology today. Internationally respected for her own water research and education efforts, Kleyne knows that millions of lives are at great risk because new water technology has not kept pace with the world’s water crisis.
So, on October 26th, Kleyne, also the founder and director of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, remembered on their anniversaries two great examples of water technology that broke new ground.
On that date in 1825, the Erie Canal was completed and opened. Eight years in the making, the original Erie Canal was 40 feet wide, 4 feet deep and ran 363 miles across the state of New York. At the time, it was longer than any canal ever built in America and Europe. The canal was so popular as a means of transport and travel, Kleyne reminisced, that it was enlarged ten years after it opened. The first enlargement expanded the canal to 70 feet wide and 7 feet deep. In 1903, a third canal expansion—the Barge Canal—was begun. This project, completed in 1918, accommodated self-propelled ships.
Another terrific breakthrough in water technology, Kleyne recalled, was the Pelton Wheel, which received its patent on this date, October 26th in 1880. According to Kleyne, the Pelton Wheel is a water impulse turbine created by inventor Lester Allan Pelton in the 1870s. Kleyne described how the Pelton Wheel takes energy from the impulse of moving water. This was different than a traditional Overshot Water Wheel, which extracted energy from the water weight that ran through it. The end result of running water through the Pelton Wheel, Kleyne said, was five times the energy extracted from earlier wheels.
Both of these new water technology inventions were spectacular in their day and should be inspirational to everybody today. Kleyne, herself a leader in developing new water technology to enhance life and health in our world, believes that we still possess the capacity and energy to solve earth’s water crisis. Kleyne knows that requires more water education, more funding and more resolve.
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