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Agriculture depleting global ground water reserves

The world is depleting underground water reserves faster than they can be replenished due to over-exploitation, according to scientists in Canada and the Netherlands. The researchers, from McGill University in Montreal and Utrecht University in the Netherlands, combined groundwater usage data from around the globe with computer models of underground water resources to come up […]

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Video: Installing a 500 gallon rain water cistern in the garden

Aquascape Inc. installs a 500 gallon RainXchange rain water cistern at the home of green lifestyle expert and author, Shawna Coronado. Shawna is briefly interviewed and the installation process is shown. This video shows the process, before/after, and finished product. A great eco-friendly way of using rainwater and reducing stormwater runoff.  A similar setup could […]

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South Africa: Local innovator takes water out of showering

Johannesburg – With inspiration from a friend too lazy to take a shower and a few months of research on the internet, South African university student Ludwick Marishane has won global recognition for an invention that takes the water out of bathing.

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South Africa plans urgent clean-up of toxic mine liquid

South Africa plans to set up a chain of pumping stations and treatment plants to prevent toxic liquids building up in defunct gold mines beneath Johannesburg from reaching dangerous levels. Immediate action is needed because acidic mine water is expected to reach environmentally critical levels under Johannesburg by June 2012, government officials and scientists told […]

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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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Can rainwater capture help quench California’s thirst?

When it comes to water management, California Assemblyman Jose Solorio focuses on three C’s: capture, conservation and conveyance. Of those, the state has been most successful with  conservation, Solorio says, but it hasn’t been nearly as adept at capturing rain and snowfall and conveying it to where it needs to be.

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Why Harvest the Rain? 20 Rainwater Harvesting FAQ’s

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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Johannesburg gold riches spawn acid water woes

South Africa’s city of gold, Johannesburg, may soon start being eaten away by acidic water flowing from the mines that created its astronomical fortunes. Mines dug more than a century ago stretching about 40 km (25 miles) along one of the world’s largest gold deposits have reached their water storage limit and will start leaking […]

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New rules for waste collection come into effect

The National Domestic Waste Collection Standards, which sought to redress the past imbalances in the provision of waste collection services, would have come into effect on February 1 Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa published the standards under the National Environmental Management: Waste Act. It aimed at providing a uniform framework within which domestic […]

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