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Is Rainwater Safer than Municipal Water?

Rainwater that is captured and stored correctly is a safe, economical and sustainable source of quality water. Rainwater is as safe as any source of water, provided certain safety precautions are taken as part of water capture, storage and distribution. In fact some say that rainwater is safer than water supplied through mains or reticulated water systems. Our mains […]

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Rainwater harvesting can rejuvenate wetlands

VARANASI: Rainwater harvesting should not be restricted to only rooftop rainwater harvesting and should be expanded to reach alternative programmes like rejuvenation of tributaries to save wetlands that are fast drying up and facing water pollution and contamination. It was said by chairman, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), SP Gautam while inaugurating the one-day seminar […]

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Three Reasons Why Green Living Is Important

How to go green has been a frequent topic on this site. I have addressed the question of why someone would want to go green to a lesser extent. There are many reasons, and people are motivated by different things, so there is no over-riding reason to go green. Here I will just give three […]

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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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G20 to tackle food prices as countries reassure

The Group of 20 (G20) leading economies will discuss ways to tackle soaring food prices that are stoking fears of a repeat of the 2008 food crisis, as some Asian countries sought to reassure nervous consumers on Friday. Global food prices hit a record high last month, outstripping the levels that sparked riots in several […]

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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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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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Rain garden design tips

Rain gardens are one way of reducing and managing stormwater runoff.  When planning one, contact your local nursery and explain what conditions the plants will have to deal with.  Wherever possible, choose indigenous species. See an earlier rain garden post that contains a written explanation of how to build a rain garden.  If rain gardens […]

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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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