septic tank

January 18, 2014

Advantages of Septic Systems over Public Sewer Systems

Most rural dwellers will be familiar with onsite septic tanks in one form or another. Urban properties can also benefit from septic systems, especially where municipal […]
August 29, 2013

Guidelines for choosing the right plastic septic tank

Septic tanks are a necessity for many homes and buildings and it is important to choose the right sized, good quality septic tank according to the […]
February 19, 2013

Rainwater harvesting tax in Australia?

The idea of taxing farmers and householders for rainwater collected on their properties could be outlawed if a Family First Bill is accepted. Family First Member […]
February 5, 2013

Half of South Africa’s water going down the drain

Nearly 50 percent of tap water is being stolen, wasted or simply leaking away every year in South Africa, the 30th driest country in the world. […]
January 15, 2013

Polymer film harvests energy from water vapour

MIT engineers have created a new polymer film that can generate electricity by drawing on a ubiquitous source: water vapour. The new material changes its shape […]
December 21, 2012

VIDEO: DIY Rainwater-Flushing Toilet System

This DIY rainwater flushing toilet from the UK is about as low-tech and effective as it gets. Another great use for rainwater which is certainly not […]
December 19, 2012

VIDEO: Rain water tank & harvesting installation guide

Rainwater tanks are relatively inexpensive (especially plastic or polyethyne water tanks) and should be installed at every household and business, where practical. Choose your rain water […]
December 15, 2012

South Africa: Water wise gardening for summer

Johannesburg – It’s been one of the coolest springs on record, but the heat of summer is just around the corner. What should you be doing […]
December 11, 2012

Tips on water tank bases & tank stands

A flat and well constructed base is critical for all water tanks. The whole under side of the tank must be fully supported. Every 1000 litres […]
August 11, 2012

VIDEO: How does a septic tank system work?

Many rural households rely on on-site septic tank systems for safe and efficient sewage treatment.  Watch this video to see how a septic tank system works. […]
August 4, 2012

Port Elizabeth water crisis now affecting businesses

Businesses in Port Elizabeth’s biggest shopping centre, Greenacres, have had to close their doors after their taps ran dry. Water shortages have hamstrung the city after […]
August 2, 2012

VIDEO: How to install a rain barrel or rainwater tank

This excellent video explains how to install a simple rain water tank as well as why rainwater harvesting is good for the environment and your pocket. […]
June 22, 2012

How a Septic Tank System Works

Septic tank systems Septic tanks are classic ‘bio-digestors’ that rely on anaerobic bacteria to break down human sewage wastes over a period of (at least) 21 […]
July 1, 2010

Modular & Efficient Eco-Affordable Housing

A lot of concept houses come across our desk here at Inhabitat, but we were really impressed with this design for eco-housing in Ghana. Designed by […]