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The Raindrop Mini: Catch, conserve and water in style

Hip, colorful and apartment-ready, Bas van der Veer’s Raindrop Mini is a rainwater harvesting device made from recyclable plastic that’s designed specifically for water-smart urbanites. I have a problem with rainwater recycling. This isn’t in the general, “I have a beef with it” sense but in the sense that my living situation — I live in […]

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South Africa, Lowveld: Smallscale Farmers Welcome Rains

Mbombela — Smallscale sugarcane farmers in Mpumalanga’s Nkomazi area are singing a sweet tune following good rains over the festive season. Dam levels have continued to rise, with most reaching levels of 100 percent or more, including the Driekoppies dam that feeds the sprawling Nkomazi area bordering Mozambique and Swaziland. “The rain has been a […]

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When The Water Ends: Africa’s Climate Conflicts

For thousands of years, nomadic herdsmen have roamed the harsh, semi-arid lowlands that stretch across 80 percent of Kenya and 60 percent of Ethiopia. Descendants of the oldest tribal societies in the world, they survive thanks to the animals they raise and the crops they grow, their travels determined by the search for water and […]

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Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting

Dr. Kent Butler explains the benefits of rainwater harvesting. Water Rhapsody specializes in water conservation systems that include rainwater systems, rainwater tanks and gray water recycling systems (see the benefits of Water Rhapsody’s systems).  Once installed, our rainwater harvesting system is very neat and is designed for minimum maintenance and is integrated into your existing […]

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Rainwater Harvesting: Some Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I make a rainwater harvesting system pay for itself (amortize its cost) and why should I not just harvest rainwater for irrigation. Simply by collecting and using water harvested during the rain season and using this water in your whole household, the tank surges full very rapidly, but you draw water from […]

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What if the taps ran dry..

The Future of Water is in Your Hands… Did you know it requires a minimum of 65 litres of water per day to meet basic human needs? However, Americans use at least 250 litres per day on average to meet their current lifestyle. If you include irrigation water in this calculation, it quickly doubles to […]

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Rainwater Harvesting – Why it’s so important

Severe Water Shortage Think the arid West [USA] has cornered the market on water shortages? Think again. Thirty-six states foresee water shortages by 2013, as Americans tap roughly 3.7 trillion gallons more water per year than is replenished. Worse yet, as much as 40 percent of a home’s potable water goes to yard maintenance. Think […]

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Rainwater Harvesting – Some Facts

Rainwater harvesting can (a) assure an independent water supply during water restrictions, that is though somewhat dependent on end use and maintenance, (b)usually of acceptable quality for household needs and (c) renewable at acceptable volumes despite forecast climate change (CSIRO, 2003). It produces beneficial externalities by reducing peak stormwater run off and processing costs. RH […]

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R30m initiative unveiled to improve water provision at schools

One-hundred schools across South Africa will gain access to water, sanitation and hygiene education (Wash) as a result of the R30-million partnership that was announced on Friday by the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the H2O for Life foundation. The Water for Schools project, which forms part of the Coca-Cola Company’s […]

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