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‘Water poverty’ to rise in the UK as scarcity pushes up bills

“Water poverty” will become the new fuel poverty for an increasing number of households as scarcity of water supply pushes up bills, according to an influential thinktank that says Britain must deal urgently with climate change. Four million British households already ‘water poor’ as climate change and increased demand lead to higher tariffs A report […]

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Heavy rains cause water shortages

Residents and businesses in several towns in northern kwaZulu-Natal have been adversely affected by water shortages following recent heavy rains.

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Xeriscaping – The Art of Sustainable Landscaping

INFORMATION ON XERISCAPING FROM THE BOARD OF WATER SUPPLY: Xeriscaping is the newest tool in water management—coined in the American southwest, the term describes an innovative and creative means of conserving water through the landscape. Because an estimated 50 percent of water consumption in the average single-family home is used outdoors, xeriscaping offers an ideal […]

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New water-efficient homes make perfect ‘sense’

Four new homes in Roseville, Calif., earn official WaterSense labeling as part of a program that’s similar to EnergyStar but focuses on home water conservation instead of energy efficiency. I’ve always wondered if the EPA’s EnergyStar for Homes program was a bit lonely and in need of some official, watery company to truly help homeowners […]

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The Pros and Cons of Biofuels

There are many eco-benefits to replacing oil with biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel. For one, since such fuels are derived from agricultural crops, they are inherently renewable–and our own farmers typically produce them domestically, reducing our dependence on unstable foreign sources of oil. Additionally, ethanol and biodiesel emit less particulate pollution than traditional petroleum-based gasoline […]

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Water – Use it Wisely

Many towns in South Africa are still using antiquated water distribution systems.  Water loss through evaporation, leakages and inefficient water-use plague not only old systems but also modern systems where inadequate maintenance is carried out.  White River has an old canal system which is monitored and well maintained by the White River Irrigation Board.  Water […]

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Green Building – A Look at Water Efficiency

The green building revolution is often touted with a focus on two subjects – energy efficiency and reduced emissions. While both are obviously important, the issue of water efficiency is one that should not be pushed aside. What is the greatest threat to our way of life in the next 100 years? The idea of […]

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