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VIDEO: Rainwater Harvesting System & Tanks Overview

This video shows how a rainwater harvesting system works, from rooftop to rain garden. See how to set up a 3-tank system with a first flush diverter and overflow pipe which directs overflow rainwater from the water tanks to a rain garden, for maximum water harvesting. For maximum rain water storage capability, we suggest bigger […]

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Is What’s in Your Bottled Water Worth Trashing the Planet?

Image ©serpico via morguefile We think that cutting out your bottled water habit is the perfect New Year’s goal for 2011. So does the Environmental Working Group (EWG). EWG recently posted their 2011 Bottled Water Scorecard, and the results show that most water isn’t as as crystal clear as most water companies would have you […]

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Study: Overpumping Draws Down the World’s Groundwater Reserves

Much of the global groundwater pumped out of aquifers for household use and irrigation ends up in the world’s oceans, depleting the aquifers faster than they can be replenished, a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters shows. The study by hydrologists from Utrecht University and the Dutch research institute Deltares noted that the rate […]

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Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting

Dr. Kent Butler explains the benefits of rainwater harvesting. Water Rhapsody specializes in water conservation systems that include rainwater systems, rainwater tanks and gray water recycling systems (see the benefits of Water Rhapsody’s systems).  Once installed, our rainwater harvesting system is very neat and is designed for minimum maintenance and is integrated into your existing […]

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Save money and the planet with these tips

You don’t have to build your own home or spend a fortune to live a little more sustainably. Even if you’re renting there are a number of simple things you can do to reduce your water use and power consumption. Saving water: Saving water can be as simple as fixing leaking taps and collecting the […]

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Abundant rainfall, intellectual drought

On a visit to South Africa, I walked into some Nigerian street hawkers in Johannesburg. One of them, noticing I was just visiting, commented, “Do you see how clean and nice this place is?” It reminded me of the conversation between two South Africans on my flight. They were returning home after a business trip […]

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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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CO2 tax to curb SA’s carbon footprint

The newly introduced carbon tax policy is one of the urgent public policy responses that will assist the country in its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by 34 percent by 2020 and 42 percent by 2025 experts say. The introduction of the tax, which came into effect on 1 September, also aims to ensure […]

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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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