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Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds

A do-it-yourself guide to designing, building, and maintaining water tanks, cisterns and ponds, and managing groundwater storage. It will help you with your independent water system, fire protection, and disaster preparedness, at low cost and using principles of ecological design. Includes how to make ferrocement water tanks. Water Storage shows how to make your storage—and […]

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Video: Grey Water – The Do’s and Don’ts

Watch this excellent video on grey water do’s and don’ts. Whether you collect and use your grey water from a simple bucket in a shower or have an automated system connected to a temporary water storage tank, the advice given in the video should always be followed. In South Africa, JoJo Tanks manufacture a wide […]

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VIDEO: Installation of a poly septic tank

This short clip shows the professional installation of a polyethylene septic tank into a perfectly sized hole. Whatever the brand of poly septic tank is chosen, the installation principles remain the same (but always be sure to check for any specific installation guidelines from the poly septic tank manufacturer). Also see Plastic Septic Tanks: General […]

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Water Pressure Booster Pump Installation at Water Tanks

This brief article outlines the basic installation layout for water pressure booster pumps coupled with back-up water tanks.  Where possible, we recommend the use of both water pressure booster pumps and water tank stands.  Water tanks on tank stands ensure there is always some pressure available, even in the event of a power failure. The […]

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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: First Flush Rainwater Diverters for Water Tanks

What are ‘first flush diverters’?  This quick video gives an overview of first flush rainwater diverters for water tanks and why they are an important component of any rainwater harvesting tank installation. Rain Harvesting – First Flush Water Diverters improve water quality, reduce tank maintenance and protect pumps by preventing the first flush of water, […]

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Video: DIY first flush device for rainwater harvesting

There are commercially available ‘first flush’ devices that ensure that debris from rooftops and gutters is diverted away from your rain barrel or rain water tank but this video demonstrates how a simple mechanism can be made with a few DIY skills. A beautifully simple DIY device to divert the first flush of rainwater collected […]

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Great water savings with eWasha water-recycling system

Based on its operations, it is a priority for car rental company Europcar to assess its organisational activities and identify areas where its environmental impact could be reduced, says Europcar CEO Dawn Nathan-Jones. As a result, the company has invested in the eWasha water- recycling system and has had massive savings since implementing the first […]

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South Africa, Kwazulu Natal: Msunduzi slammed over water waste

Durban – Msunduzi Municipality wastes 63% of its water, among the worst figures in the country, according to a Water Research Commission (WRC) report released recently. Nearly 40% of South Africa’s tap water, worth about R7bn, is lost annually through leaks or theft, according to the report. Poor management, and sloppy record keeping are other […]

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