domestic rainwater harvesting Articles

  • Water quality management for domestic rainwater harvesting systems in Fiji

    Health risks from drinking rainwater are relatively small in the developing world context, but action is needed to ensure water safety. Water safety plans (WSPs) use an approach to manage water quality that has shown signs of success with public and communal water supplies, but relatively little research has been done to investigate the application of WSPs to self-supply systems. The aim of this ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Designing domestic rainwater harvesting systems under different climatic regimes in Italy

    Nowadays domestic rainwater harvesting practices are recognized as effective tools to improve the sustainability of drainage systems within the urban environment, by contributing to limiting the demand for potable water and, at the same time, by mitigating the generation of storm water runoff at the source. The final objective of this paper is to define regression curves to size domestic ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Knowledge of measures to safeguard harvested rainwater quality in rural domestic households

    Given the possibility of waterborne diseases caused by inappropriate rainwater harvesting systems, a survey was conducted in Uganda to assess existing knowledge of both physical and non-physical measures that safeguard harvested rainwater. Households who had received rainwater tanks were assessed on issues related to harvested rainwater quality. The study shows that 84% of respondents were aware ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Top Tips for Using Rainwater Domestically & Commercially

    Did you know that rainwater can be used (instead of mains water) for a huge number of activities and tasks domestically and commercially (inside and outside). As an alternative water source, rainwater recycling can help reduce typical household water usage by up to 70%, with hot water applications by as much as 85%. ...


    By Gutter Mate Ltd

  • Rainwater harvesting practices and attitudes in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam

    Access to safe drinking water is limited in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Rainwater harvesting (RWH) at household level is among the primary sources of drinking water in the region and is widely practiced throughout Southeast Asia. It has recently been increasingly advocated as an alternative or supplemental approach to household water supply. However, relatively little research has been ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • An examination of factors affecting sustainability of domestic rainwater harvesting systems in a rural, semi-arid region of Mexico

    Rainwater harvesting (RWH) is increasingly utilized today by populations to alleviate water supply issues, particularly in rural, dry environments. Limited research has considered, simultaneously, the numerous factors that contribute to sustainability – for example, social acceptance, water quality, and maintenance needs – of RWH. This research aimed to improve the understanding of factors ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Spatial risk-based assessments for climate adaptation using the SimCLIM modelling system: a case study of domestic rainwater harvesting as the sole source of water

    This paper describes a software modelling system, SimCLIM, for simulating the effects of climate variability and change, and demonstrates its application to domestic rainwater harvesting (RWH). The paper first describes SimCLIM and then focuses on a case study of the reliability of domestic RWH systems as the sole source of water in South East Queensland, a region of high spatial and temporal ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Effect of first flush on storage-reliability-yield of rainwater harvesting

    Rainwater harvesting (RWH) entails capture of rainwater falling on a roof and conveyance to a storage tank for later use as domestic water supply. During dry weather, dust and pollutants accumulate on the roof surface and are subsequently washed off with the ‘first flush’ at the beginning of the next rain. Diverting the first flush can improve the quality of stored water but at the cost of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The potential for desalination in India

    The demand for water in India is increasing rapidly owing to progressive increase in the use of water for irrigation, rapid industrialisation, population growth and improving life standards. A holistic approach is therefore required to cope with the freshwater needs of the country. It includes: seawater desalination in coastal areas; brackish water desalination; water purification; water reuse; ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Entrepreneurs in Mexico city turn water risk into opportunity

    This story is part of the “Aqueduct Sneak Peek” series. Aqueduct Sneak Peek provides an early look at how various stakeholders can use Aqueduct’s updated global water risk maps, which will be released in January 2013. Read more posts in ...

  • The challenges of water governance in Ho Chi Minh City

    Population growth, urbanization, pollution and climate change pose urgent water challenges in cities. In this study the sustainability of integrated water resources management in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) was evaluated using the City Blueprint approach. The City Blueprint is a set of 24 dedicated indicators divided over 8 categories, i.e., water security, water quality, drinking water, ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Case study - The home depot smart home-duke university

    Project: The Home Depot Smart Home-Duke University; smarthome.duke.edu Location: Durham, NC Application: Toilet Flushing, Laundry and Landscape Irrigation System(s): Landscape - (2)1,400 Gallon CorGal®, Model 602 with, RMH-10 Pump Station, Domestic - (6) 350 Gallon Top Tanks w/ RMH-10 Easy, Stand Pump and Controls, ...

  • WPL supplies Farne Salmon and Trout with a substantial new effluent treatment plant

    A new effluent treatment plant designed by WPL is ensuring that Farne Salmon and Trout Ltd in Berwickshire - one of Europe's largest smoked salmon facilities - complies with tighter local trade effluent discharge regulations, whilst significantly reducing its sewer discharge costs. WPL worked with Farne and Scottish Water from an early stage to design and supply a substantial, energy efficient ...


    By WPL Ltd

  • WPL supplies Farne Salmon and Trout with a substantial new effluent treatment plant case study

    A new effluent treatment plant designed by WPL is ensuring that Farne Salmon and Trout Ltd in Berwickshire - one of Europe's largest smoked salmon facilities - complies with tighter local trade effluent discharge regulations, whilst significantly reducing its sewer discharge costs. WPL worked with Farne and Scottish Water from an early stage to design ...


    By WPL Ltd

  • How are Green Buildings Built? A Closer Look at a Modern Marvel

    Green building refers to an environment friendly structure which is built in such a manner that it continues to be environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout its life. When we say throughout its life, it includes everything right from an eco-friendly design to the use of material which will make sure that the environment is not harmed even when the structure in question is ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • Golf courses and washing machines: obstacles and opportunities for sustainable water management

    Rising standards of living often boost demand for water-intensive goods and services. Only by managing water consumption — using measures such as water pricing and incentives to adopt new technologies — can we ensure sustainable public water access alongside economic growth. With 19 golf courses already and another 55 planned, Spain's Júcar River Basin offers the enthusiastic golfer a wealth of ...

  • Urban sustainability issues — Resource-efficient cities: good practice

    Our current pattern of resource use is leading to the depletion and, consequently, scarcity of natural resources (1), the degradation of ecosystems and volatile and increasing prices of natural resources. On a planet with finite resources, the challenge is to find a way of delivering greater value and more services with fewer inputs (EC, 2011a). Resources are defined as raw materials, such as ...

  • Building a lower carbon construction industry

    Dominic Burbidge, Senior Client Manager Carbon Trust Advisory takes a cradle-to-grave view of the construction sector value chain Carbon reduction is a complex challenge for all organisations, not least those in the construction industry. Taking a cradle-to-grave view of the construction sector value chain means considering all aspects of the design, construction, use and demolition of ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Managing Environment, Health and Safety Risks at the National Museums of Kenya for Sustainability

    AbstractUrban environmental policy cannot escape the dictates of global environmental requirements as stipulated by the principles of Stockholm Conference, Rio-Summit, and the Johannesburg Summit that includes multilateral environmental agreements. The National Museum of Kenya (NMK) is a public, educational, scientific and heritage management institution established in 1909. It has undergone ...


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