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How Do Rainwater Tanks Help The Environment?

Rainwater harvesting is a technology used to collect, convey and store rain from relatively clean surfaces such as a roof for later use.

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Why Natural Gardening?

It is important to remember that opting for alternatives to synthetic garden inputs is important, but also part of a wider system of enhancing natural cycles in your garden.  What is also needed is a changed approach to gardening because the transition to organics goes hand-in-hand with these system-wide changes of bringing nature back into […]

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With a rain barrel, April showers can bring more than flowers

As the old adage goes, April showers bring May flowers. But for those looking to green their homes, April showers also provide an easy way to reduce water bills and water waste. Rainwater harvesting is a simple and efficient way to capitalize on the naturally occurring precipitation in your area, and reduce dependency on irrigated […]

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Water cycle seems out of whack, experts find

18 percent more water fed into oceans in 2006 than in 1994, satellite data show Researchers who set out to create a baseline for future research on water cycle trends on Monday reported an alarming discovery: 18 percent more water was fed into the oceans from rivers and melting polar ice sheets in 2006 than […]

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The Race to Buy up the World’s Water

The New Oil Should private companies control our most precious natural resource? Everyone agrees that we are in the midst of a global freshwater crisis. Around the world, rivers, lakes, and aquifers are dwindling faster than Mother Nature can possibly replenish them; industrial and household chemicals are rapidly polluting what’s left. Meanwhile, global population is […]

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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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Riots in Mozambique over hikes in power, water, food prices

Maputo – Mozambique’s capital Maputo was gripped by violent demonstrations Wednesday as residents of poor neighbourhoods took to the streets to protest sharp increases in the cost of electricity, water and food. Residents in at least three neighbourhoods in the north and east of the city barricaded roads with burning tyres and shouted anti-government slogans […]

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Water crisis time bomb ticking

Cape Town – Trade union federation Fedusa on Wednesday warned South Africa was sitting on a water crisis “time bomb”. Citing “inadequate management and monitoring” by water service authorities, Fedusa said it had filed notice with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) of possible protest action. “Fedusa… decided that the best way to […]

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President Jacob Zuma Faces Water Pollution Charge

President Jacob Zuma and the Minister of Environment and Water Affairs, Buyelwa Sonjica, have been charged under Section 151 of the National Water Act in a bid to get them to answer for rampant pollution in the Hartbeespoort area. Environment and Conservation Association chairwoman Nicole Barlow filed the charges at the Hartbeespoort police station yesterday. […]

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