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VIDEO: DIY Rainwater-fed Toilet System

Video shows a simple rainwater-fed toilet system. Rainwater collected on rooftops and diverted to rain water tanks is not only suitable for flushing toilets but for most other household purposes too, including drinking water if it is properly filtered and purified. It is also important to store rainwater in high quality water tanks with an […]

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VIDEO: DIY Rainwater-Flushing Toilet System

This DIY rainwater flushing toilet from the UK is about as low-tech and effective as it gets. Another great use for rainwater which is certainly not limited to flushing toilets.  Rainwater is naturally ‘soft’ and free of chemicals, ideal for garden irrigation and bathing. When appropriately filtered, rain water is also a very healthy alternative […]

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South Africa: Some Durban Residents Object to Water Recycling Proposal

Durban – More than 5 000 Durban residents have given the thumbs-down to the city’s controversial toilet-to-tap water recycling proposal. Most of the objections, which include a large number of signatures from Muslim residents, are contained in a petition sent to the city as part of the mandatory environmental impact assessment process which runs for […]

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Water Saving Tips for Children

Did you know that kids can make a very important difference towards water conservation? But first off, why do we even need to know about conserving water? Water is a natural resource that we derive from the Earth. Without it, we would not be able to live! Imagine a world with no water at all. […]

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Bill Gates selects solar powered toilet for the future

Seattle – Bill Gates is betting the toilet of the future for the developing world will be solar powered. The world’s leading private philanthropist handed a $100,000 (about R800 000) prize to the California Institute of Technology on Tuesday for its work on a self-contained, sun-powered system that recycles water and breaks down human waste […]

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Loughborough University wins ‘Reinvent the Toilet’ award from Gates Foundation

VIDEO: Loughborough University has won a prestigious prize in an international competition organised by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create a reinvented toilet that is clean, safe, durable and affordable for the poor and does not need to be connected to electricity or a sewer. This reinvented toilet should be appropriate for wealthy […]

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How a Septic Tank System Works

Septic tank systems Septic tanks are classic ‘bio-digestors’ that rely on anaerobic bacteria to break down human sewage wastes over a period of (at least) 21 days. Septic systems are used to treat sewage from (usually) single dwellings in districts where municipal Wastewater Treatment Works are not available. Larger systems are also used by rural […]

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25 Ways to Conserve Water in the Home and Garden

Water conservation has become an essential practice in all regions, even in areas where water seems abundant. In addition to saving money on your utility bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.

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World Population Day: Sustainable Agriculture for a Planet of 7 Billion

As the world population increases, so do the number of mouths to feed. The good news is that in addition to providing food, innovations in sustainable agriculture can provide a solution to many of the challenges that a growing population presents. Agriculture is emerging as a solution to mitigating climate change, reducing public health problems […]

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