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Video: Quick How to Install a Rain Barrel

While the video below may over-simplify the requirements of an effective rainwater harvesting system, the main objective of harvesting rain water is to capture and temporarily store it for some use or other. Rain barrels are usually of small capacity (less than 500 litres); we always recommend installing water storage tanks of a sufficient capacity […]

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Rain Barrels Save Money

If you are someone who enjoys gardening or has extensive landscaping in their yard, a great outdoor gadget to consider purchasing is a rain barrel. Rain barrels or rainwater tanks are containers which capture rainwater (usually from your gutter system coming down from your roof) which can be stored for use around your home and […]

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VIDEO: How To Make A Cheap Rain Barrel / Rain Water Tank

Step by step instruction on how to make the cheapest and easiest rain barrel. You’ll be able to find a food-grade barrel in your area and make one of these for very cheaply. The parts are available at hardware and irrigation stores. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make your rain barrel:

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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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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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Rainwater Harvesting – Some Facts

Rainwater harvesting can (a) assure an independent water supply during water restrictions, that is though somewhat dependent on end use and maintenance, (b)usually of acceptable quality for household needs and (c) renewable at acceptable volumes despite forecast climate change (CSIRO, 2003). It produces beneficial externalities by reducing peak stormwater run off and processing costs. RH […]

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SA: National Water Strike Imminent

Johannesburg – The SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has suspended a national strike in the water sector until Wednesday, a union official said on Monday. “Samwu has decided to suspend protest action until Wednesday pending further consultation,” said Samwu national spokesperson Tahir Sema. The strike against the employer body, the SA Association of Water Utilities […]

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Environmental courts to be established

Environmental courts are to be established to address water crimes that threaten an already water-stressed nation, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica announced. “We are working closely with the South African Police Service and the directorate of public prosecutions to address water crimes that threaten the security of supply to lawful water users,” she […]

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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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