rainwater harvesting Articles

  • Farmer Innovation: Improving Africa’s food security through land and water management

    The nature of agriculture is changing. Farmers across the world struggle to produce more food while facing changing rainfall patterns, a warmer world, and increased competition over land and water. Ecosystem degradation, declining soil fertility, and water stress add to these land use pressures. Nowhere are these challenges more severe than in sub-Saharan Africa’s drylands. Farmers in ...

  • Water Supply and Sanitation (WASH) in Harmony with Nature

    The grassy hillsides and vast forests around Rwambu wetland in south-western Uganda are not only a beautiful sight to see - it is fertile land which sustains agricultural based livelihoods, such as coffee, tea, bananas and beans. The Rwambu wetland is also a success story of integrated nature-based solutions. In the not so distant past, the people of Rwambu were up against a quickly ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Queensland: a water sensitive future

    South East Queensland (SEQ) is planning a water sensitive future for the region and its cities. In order to the transition to be successful, it is necessary to develop an implementation plan. This plan aims is to identify a common vision that focuses on the transition pathway and mechanisms the region needs, to become a water ...


    By Geoplast US Corp.

  • 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

  • San Antonio’s Continuing Focus on Water Sustainability

    Endangered salamander provided unlikely impetus for conservation efforts Forty years ago, the citizens of San Antonio, Texas, used an average of 200 gallons of water per day per person, far over the national average. This drew the ire of surrounding cities due to the overuse of a shared aquifer. Today, water use has been cut to 117 gallons per person per day, and San Antonio has earned the ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Building demonstrates benefits of net-zero water reuse

    A unique research project to demonstrate the effectiveness of net-zero water use buildings is underway at the University of Pittsburgh and the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh. The decentralized water system at CSL treats all nonpotable water on-site. The university is documenting the benefits and costs of the novel water-reuse system, ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • 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

  • Save money, save carbon

    As a way of saving money in a financially difficult time, engaging in a resource efficiency programme can help organsations cut costs from waste, water, packaging, emissions and supply chain wastage. Embedding a resource efficient approach to procurement business can proactively work with suppliers that offer cost effective solutions as well as environmentally preferable options. In the UK there ...


    By Crowberry Consulting

  • Compost in the mix for storm water management

    Bioretention areas, also known as rain gardens, are increasingly being used to capture and treat storm water runoff from impervious surfaces such as roofs, sidewalks and parking lots. These landscaped areas often feature native plants installed in an engineered soil mixture that includes compost. “Bioretention areas or rain gardens are an attractive storm water Best Management Practice (BMP) ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Namibia increases reliance on recycled wastewater as water scarcity grows

    Namibia, an arid country in southern Africa, is plagued by drought and water scarcity. But, it’s also a country that continues to make progress in wastewater recycling after becoming an early adopter of the technology. The city of Windhoek’s Goreangab wastewater treatment plant is considered a pioneering facility in water reclamation. First constructed in 1968, the plant not only ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Kauai National Botanical Gardens – LEED™ Certified, Kalaheo, Hawaii - Case study

    Project Name: Kauai National Botanical Gardens – LEED™ Certified Products: Rainstore3 underground water harvesting and Gravelpave2 porous parking lot Applications: Rainwater Harvesting Tank and Porous Parking Lot ...


    By Invisible Structures, Inc.

  • 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

  • Cape Town dams continue to fall at unprecedented rates

    With restrictions looming, Cape Town dams continue to fall at unprecedented rates. This week shows a fall of 1.9% The difference between this year and previous years should be noted. Cape Town Dams are nearly 30% lower than the average of the past years at this time. In a year of higher than average rainfall consumers are drawing th dams down by more than 50%. In a year of average rainfall, ...


    By Water Rhapsody

  • Going green in 2012: 12 steps for the developing world

    Many of us are thinking about the changes we want to make this year. For some, these changes will be financial; for others, physical or spiritual. But for all of us, there are important resolutions we can make to “green” our lives. Although this is often a subject focused on by industrialized nations, people in developing countries can also take important steps to reduce their growing ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • 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 ...

  • India’s Watershed Development Boosts Food Security, Improves Livelihoods

    India struggles with water scarcity, a problem that poses especially huge implications for the country’s food security and rural livelihoods. The country has long-battled its scarcity issues through Watershed Development, a participatory approach to improve water management through afforestation and reforestation, sustainable land ...

  • Ikotoilets Kenya

    1. Overview and Key Points The Ikotoilet is an innovative solution to the growing environmental sanitation problem in Africa. It is based on an enterprise model by a company named Ecotact, which includes both sanitation facilities in urban and low income settlements. Operating on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis, this initiative extends from offering sanitation services to a range of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Why business needs to wake up to water waste

    Carbon Trust Chief Executive, Tom Delay, discusses the progress that needs to be made by businesses to address water scarcity With World Water Day focusing minds on the issue of water scarcity, the need for businesses around the world to act fast on easing water shortages becomes more urgent. By 2030 global water demand ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Compost integral in new website in building soil

    A website called “BuildingSoil” has been launched by the Washington Organic Recycling Council to help builders preserve healthy soil on building sites. It's the latest Soils for Salmon project which aims to change standard site development practices. These new “soil best management practices” will soon be required by local governments around western Washington, as they update local codes to ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • 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 ...

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