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Why build a Rain Garden?

Raingardens are one of the best landscaping design ideas to come out of Melbourne’s recent drought and water shortage conditions. With more ideas like these, the health of Melbourne’s rivers and creeks is guaranteed to improve. Why is stormwater such a problem for our rivers and creeks? Each year about 500 billion litres of stormwater […]

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‘Rainscaping’ answers storm water runoff problems

Stormwater runoff can quickly drain a homeowner’s wallet. The flooding erodes yards, soaks basements, pollutes streams and wastes a precious resource. But rainscaping — an integrated system of directed water flow and settling basins — can convert those losses into gains by providing new wildlife habitat, beautifying properties and in some cases providing food for […]

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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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A Water Crisis is Threatening the World

The United Nations appears to be a notch more concerned about the progressive scarcity of clean water than about global warming. A WATER crisis is threatening the world, and the Philippines, although surrounded by oceans of water, is not immune to it. Cebu and other cities in the country are already experiencing water shortage. As […]

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Reduce Stormwater Runoff

A reduction in stormwater runoff is good for the environment.  As the video explains, there are a number of things that you can do to reduce stormwater leaving your garden and house.  Rain gardens help reduce runoff and save on irrigation costs. Water Rhapsody water conservation systems include rainwater harvesting systems and grey water recycling […]

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First Eco-Friendly Hotel in Mpumalanga

The first eco-friendly hotel in the province was officially opened at Casterbridge Centre. The Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel [owned by Mr Louis van der Merwe] was welcomed into the province by MEC for economic development, environment and tourism, Mr Jabu Mahlangu, and board members of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MPTA) [Chairman, Mr Sabelo […]

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NATIONAL WATER WEEK 2010

Minister`s National Water Week Message 2010 This year’s National Water Week is an historic event in the calendar of water activities. It comes at a time when South Africans are bracing themselves for the FIFA World Cup tournament in June\July, an event that will attract thousands of international visitors to our shores. It is therefore […]

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