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Rainwater Collection Saves Water Treatment Costs

The first time I heard the term “rainwater harvesting,” I thought, “What on earth is that?”

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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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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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Going Green at Work: Top Tips

More Work, Less Energy For many people, a computer is the central tool at work. Optimizing the energy settings for computers and other devices can be more than a modest energy saver. Set computers to energy-saving settings and make sure to shut them down when you leave for the day (standby settings will continue to […]

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Over 900 dead as floods sweep Asia

Peshawar – Floods sweeping Asia have killed more than 900 people, officials said on Saturday, washing away thousands of homes and destroying infrastructure in some of the worst scenes in living memory. Heavy monsoon rains exacted the heaviest toll in northwest Pakistan, with 800 confirmed dead and the regional capital Peshawar cut off, while the […]

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Recycling vs. Reusing: Is there a difference?

As the world becomes more environmentally aware, recycling & reusing energy, water and other natural and man-made resources is becoming more commonplace.  What is the difference between reusing and recycling something? The two terms are often used interchangeably but in some cases, they are really quite different. The Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines recycle as […]

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Managing Stormwater

Ever thought of where stormwater ends up? Poorly-managed stormwater can damage your property and the wider environment – but, managed properly, it can be good for your garden. Stormwater is the water that runs off surfaces such as houses, roads, driveways, footpaths. In urban areas, it runs down drains into stormwater pipes or channels and […]

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Homemade Bio-Sand Water Filter

Here’s an example of a homemade bio-sand water filter that is used for filtering rainwater collected in rain barrels.  See an earlier post that explains how a bio-sand water filter works.  If you intend drinking water from your rainwater harvesting system, it is recommended that you filter the water either at source (e.g. at your […]

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How a BioSand Water Filter Works

Test your water quality frequently, even water from ‘safe’ sources may be contaminated. The BioSand Water Filter is an adaptation of slow-sand filtration that is designed for use by families at the household level. This award-winning water filtration technology was developed by Dr. David Manz, a former University of Calgary professor. The filters are a […]

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