Apparently I have just invented something that could change the purity of tap water worldwide.
That is according to the guy from the British Water Board sat opposite me at a conference in the Aston University Birmingham.. (I am not attending just utilizing the hotel room discount and eating their hospitality)..
I overheard him talking on the phone about their difficulties in stopping fish swimming up fresh water pipes and getting mashed up in the pumps. Mmmm fishy tap water.
So being the nosey bugger I am I asked him why he was not using a thin line of air bubbles like they use in fish farms. He told me that although fresh water fish have really bad memories and are initially scared of a burst of bubbles, they get conditioned to them and the sensation and as a result just swim through.
This is a problem that the world has faced for a while as mesh just clogs the inlets and all other techniques (like using sound) have only worked against certain fish.
I said why not pulse the bubbles at a second longer than a fishes memory limit and then went on to act out how i thought a fish would react to this system..
I won’t subject you to the pantomime here..
The guy looked intently at me… “You know..” he said very excitedly.. “You might just have something there. Then he rushed off dialing his phone in a hurried manner.
Have i changed the world as we know it?
Let me know if your water starts tasting differently.