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Recycle grey water for a sustainable future

UN-Habitat has commenced a new global consultation to reiterate the crucial role of wastewater management in the water cycle and explore policy options for a sustainable future. These consultations have also become necessary to set a future goal for water use, particularly for the years following 2015, which is the target year for the Millennium […]

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USA: Hurricane Sandy’s Come and Gone—Now What?

The historic Hurricane Sandy has blown through the northeast U.S., with flooding rains and devastating winds, leaving a wide swath of destruction in her wake. In the days following the epic storm, we’re assessing the damage and beginning clean-up efforts.

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South Africa: Interventions to Address Water Supply Concerns in KZN

The construction of Spring Grove Dam in KwaZulu-Natal is progressing well and is scheduled to deliver its first water by April 2013 while investigations and the implementation by Umgeni Water of the planned Lower Thukela Bulk Water Supply Scheme to bring additional water from the UThukela River to the North Coast Area are also well […]

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Domestic water recycling in Israel should be encouraged

While boasting high wastewater treatment, a thriving desalination industry, Israel lacks in decentralized systems. While Israel’s authorities allow almost no decentralized water systems, experts stressed that there would be a place for such structures – particularly greywater recycling mechanisms – in the country’s future, at a conference in the Negev last week.

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Further water restrictions for Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Bulawayo’s water woes are set to mount, with its city council indicating that it will be extending water restrictions from three days a week to four. The move comes just two months after the council introduced restrictions in an effort to preserve dwindling water supplies following the decommissioning of the Lower and Upper Ncema dams.

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Australian man has not had a water bill in 11 years

Most of us don’t smile when we see a water bill, but Phillip Johnson is different. He has not had a water bill, as such, for 11 years  – he only receives a bill of $11.20 every three months for drain fees.

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Durban & Cape Town residents may be drinking recycled water soon

KwaZulu-Natal – Durban and Cape Town residents will have to start looking seriously at drinking recycled water from the local sewage works within the next few years as water supplies are running out and there is not enough time to build big new dams.

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Greywater recycling can solve water crisis in Dhaka, Bangladesh

People in many parts of Dhaka city suffer from water crisis all the year round. With the bulging of the city population, demand for water is growing fast but the supply of water does not increase accordingly.

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Some plants thrive on grey water, study finds

Many plants used for landscaping benefit from being watered with household gray water, according to a study released by the nonprofit organization Water Environmental Research Foundation.

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